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a tooth with an infected root Sometimes even after endodontic treatment (a root canal) has been performed on a tooth, some infection may remain at the end of the root.
an inflamed tooth Symptoms of an infection at include throbbing tooth pain, sensitivity to heat, and sensitivity when chewing, and can escalate to fever, swollen lymph nodes and sinus pain. If left untreated, it may result in loss of the tooth and spreading of the infection throughout your body.
a tool being inserted into the gums During an apicoectomy, your dentist accesses the infection by creating a small opening above the tooth.
close up of the end of a root The infected tissue is removed, and the tip of the root is reduced to remove any additional infection.
side shot of gums with incisions Next, the opening is cleaned and filled, and the area is closed and left to heal. Healing for an apicoectomy depends on the severity of the infection, and can range from months to a year.
front view of a full set of teeth With the infection removed and the root re-sealed, the tooth has been saved and returned to a healthy state.
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