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Endodontic Surgery Elizabeth, NJ

When facing health problems, it’s important to understand your treatment options. While the doctors often know best, you can’t make educated and well-informed decisions based on their recommendations if you don’t understand the options they’re laying out for you. Since there are a variety of different approaches, you need to weigh your options. The more you understand how a particular treatment will impact your future dental health and quality of life, the better you can feel about your choice.

At Elizabeth Oral Surgery Group in Elizabeth, our priority is your health. We want to provide you with the tools to make informed decisions about your treatment process. Our team has the experience and resources to answer your questions and help you explore your options. Finding and understanding the proper endodontic treatment for you is essential to your health. Be confident you’ll get the oral help you need by contacting Elizabeth Oral Surgery Group today.

What Is Endodontic Surgery?

The tooth is composed of three layers: the enamel (chewing surface), the dentin, and the innermost layer made up of the pulp (which contains blood vessels and nerves). If infection or decay in the enamel is left untreated, it can reach the innermost layer, which can be painful.

The first course of treatment is often a root canal. Your endodontist will remove the decay and the damaged nerve and then fill the chamber with sealant material before closing the tooth with a temporary crown. However, in some cases, the root canal treatment alone is not enough to save the tooth. Endodontic surgery in Elizabeth, NJ is then performed. Endodontics can help save your tooth in various situations, including:

  • Diagnosing: If you have persistent symptoms but no apparent problems on an X-ray, then endodontic surgery allows the surgeon to examine the entire root of the tooth, find the issue, and move forward with a treatment plan.
  • Removing Calcium Deposits: Calcium deposits can make a root canal too narrow for the instruments used in a non-surgical root canal procedure. Endodontic surgery removes the calcium deposit, cleans the area, and saves the tooth.
  • Root Canal Fails: A root canal can last a lifetime and not need further endodontic treatment. However, sometimes a tooth may not heal well or become infected, which is where endodontic surgery can help 
  • Treating Damage: Endodontic surgery can treat damaged root surfaces and surrounding bone.
  • Root-End Resection or Apicoectomy: If inflammation or infection occurs in the bony area around the end of a tooth after a root canal procedure, then a type of endodontic surgery called an apicoectomy is performed.

Before undergoing any procedure, it’s important to discuss your options. At Elizabeth Oral Surgery Group, we prioritize personalized care and are here to ensure you feel like an authority over your oral health.

Apicoectomy: A More In-Depth Look

During an apicoectomy, an endodontic surgeon opens the gum tissue near the tooth to see the underlying bone and then will remove any infected or inflamed tissue. The end of the root is removed, and a small filling is placed to seal the end of the root canal. A few stitches or sutures are placed in the gingiva to help the tissue heal. Over time, the bone heals around the end of the root. 

Other endodontic surgeries include dividing a tooth in half, repairing the injured root, or even removing one or more roots. Another procedure called intentional replantation can also be performed. This procedure entails a tooth extraction treated with an endodontic procedure while out of the mouth and then replaced in its socket. 

What is Dental Abscess? How Does Endodontic Surgery in Elizabeth, NJ Help?

A dental abscess is a condition that results in pus forming due to a bacterial infection in the teeth, gums, or in bone below the gum. An infection in the gums is known as a periodontal abscess and a periapical abscess is used if the infection affects the end part of the tooth. 

The primary symptoms are throbbing pain in the tooth along with pain in the ears, jaw, and side of the neck. Other symptoms may include:

  • Discoloration of the tooth
  • Swelling in the face
  • Swollen gums
  • Unpleasant or bad breath 

Severe infection may also result in a high fever and difficulty swallowing. If the infection doesn’t get treated, it can spread to other parts of the body, resulting in illness. The condition may not result in pain for every patient, but the presence of pus should not be ignored. 

Poor oral hygiene, dental injury, accumulation of plaque, and failed dental surgeries can result in a buildup of bacteria in the internal areas of the gums and teeth. Patients with diabetes, other underlying health conditions, or those who are undergoing chemotherapy are prone to dental abscesses. The typical treatments consist of a root canal, endodontic surgery (to drain the abscess), and tooth extraction.

Skilled Endodontist at Elizabeth Oral Surgery Group

Elizabeth Oral Surgery Group is committed to giving our patients the best of the best. We understand that having oral issues can be extremely painful, uncomfortable, and inconvenient. Our patient-centered approach allows us to address our patient’s needs and provide them with the treatment necessary to improve their oral health.

At Elizabeth Oral Surgery Group, we provide a variety of oral services to help our patients get the help they need. Contact our Elizabeth offices today to learn more by filling out our online contact form or calling (908) 774-8196.