Occasionally, as a result of repeated procedures and/or micro crack some inflammation or infection persists in the bony area around the end of the tooth after endodontic treatment. In such a case, surgery may be indicated.
Surgery can help save your tooth in a variety of situations:
Local anesthetics make the procedure comfortable. You may feel some discomfort or experience slight swelling while the incision heals. This is normal for any surgical procedure. We will recommend appropriate pain medication to alleviate your discomfort. Most patient return to work or other routine activities the next day.
Often the only other alternative to surgery is the extraction of the tooth. The extracted tooth must be replaced with an implant, bridge or removable partial denture to restore chewing function and to prevent adjacent teeth from shifting.
No matter how effective modern tooth replacements are, nothing is as good as a natural tooth. You've already made an investment in saving your tooth. The pay-off for choosing endodontic surgery could be a healthy, functioning, natural tooth for the rest of your life.