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Blake Street Dental | Apicoectomy in Denver

Blake Street Dental P.C.

Dr. Arnold Cullum B.Sc., D.D.S.

1732 Blake Street
Denver, CO 80202

(303) 814-2200

Apicoectomy (Endodontic Surgery)


When an infection will not go away or returns after a root canal has been performed, an apicoectomy is usually necessary. It is difficult to ensure that all of the infection is removed during a standard root canal because there are so many nerves that may be effected. During an apicoectomy, the tip of the tooth root is removed and replaced with a filling.

In most cases, a second root canal is considered before an apicoectomy since it is a simpler, less invasive procedure. Before the apicoectomy begins you will be given a local anesthetic to numb the area. The doctor will start by making an incision in your gum to expose the root of your tooth. Any inflamed tissue will be removed to clean the area. The surgery is limited to a very small area, and only a few millimeters are removed from the root. For this reason, the doctor will use magnification and small precision instruments to perform the procedure. The precise nature of the surgery gives it a high rate of success. After the root is removed, a filling is placed and the gums are sutured. Depending on the type of sutures, you may have to return in a few days to have them removed, or they may dissolve on their own. Over the course of the next few months the bone will heal around the root.

Denver Dentist | Apicoectomy. Arnold Cullum is a Denver Dentist.