What is an apicectomy?

An apicectomy is the process where by the tip of the root is severed and a filling is placed at the tip to seal the root of the tooth.

An apicectomy is done where the bone is infected around the apex of a root-canal treated tooth.
The gum is elevated over the relevant apex and an opening made through the bone to expose the infected area. The area is thoroughly cleaned and the root tip is cut off.
If necessary a small restoration (a retrograde filling) can be placed at the tip of the root.
The gum is sutured and the area should heal without further problems.

For more detailed and illustrated information on the following topics link to:http://www.endodovgan.com/Endoinfo.htm

1)     Toothache and toothpain guide
2)     Diagnosing of endodontic problem
3)     Cracked and or fractured tooth
4)     Non surgical endodontic problem
5)     When non-surgical endodontics are unsuccessful
6)     Non-surgical re-treatment of endodontic therapry
7)     Surgical endodontic therapy

Thank you to Dr. A.M Dippenaar for the use of his pictures and information from
– TEETH – An owner’s manual.