An apicectomy is often used as a root canal treatment.
An apicectomy is often used as a root canal treatment. It literally means removal of the tip of the tooth root. The root end is then prepared with a special vibrating tip and a filling material placed in the preparation. The most common reason for performing this procedure is due to infection at the end of a tooth after an unsuccessful root canal.
Root canal treatment
Although root canals usually work, there can be persistent infection which can cause continued pain (although often not) and evidence of continued infection at the end of the tooth root. In this case it may be appropriate to perform a root canal treatment, an apicectomy with retrofilling.