Endodontic Microsurgery Can Save Teeth when Root Canal Treatment Cannot

Professional Endodontics Staff

To strengthen your practice, consider partnering with Professional Endodontics and offering your patients access to contemporary endodontic microsurgery in the hands of highly trained specialists.

Though conventional, nonsurgical root canal therapy will always be the preferred route for any endodontic proplem, there are instances in which this method of treatment cannot save the tooth. For those instances, endodontists will resort to microsurgery. Endodontic microsurgery—more formally referred to as apicoectomy—is in a general sense “the treatment performed on the root apices of an infected tooth, followed by placement of a filling (retrofilling) to seal the root end.” (ENDODONTICS: Colleagues for Excellence) Initially endodontic surgery was a somewhat primitive in procedure. Endodontists, oral surgeons, and general practitioners performed the surgeries using a round bur attached to a straight hand piece to prepare the canal, and used amalgam as the root-end filling material. Thanks to technological advances, endodontic microsurgery has seen great improvements in rates of success. At Professional Endodontics, our specialists utilize these advances every day, and by doing so, have saved teeth that would otherwise be subject to extraction.

What’s New in Microsurgery?

Research and technological advances have led to the refinement of the techniques, materials, and instruments used to execute apical surgery. These refinements have improved endodontic microsurgery in ways that affect the success rate, the overall case selection, the application for the procedure, and the postoperative healing sequelae.

The most significant way apical surgery has been improved is through the aid of the surgical operating microscope. Prior to the microscope, specialists relied on their eyes to map out the root canal, which would almost entirely neglect the now known certainty that each individual canal may be uniquely shaped. According to the American Association of Endodontics publication, Colleagues for Excellence:

“The microscope enables accurate visualization, identification and treatment of infected extranumeral canals, isthmuses and irregular anatomy unreachable with traditional instrumentation techniques.” (ENDODONTICS: Colleagues for Excellence)

The root canal space houses a complex anatomy that requires close attention to detail when infected. The microscope is a fundamental instrument for cleaning and shaping the root canal by illuminating its complexities.

Another vital advance that improved cleaning and shaping the root canal is the refinement of osteotomy instruments. These instruments have progressively become more smaller and more specialized. This allows specialists to remove the infection with precision, doing minimal damage to the surrounding bone and tissue. In addition, materials like MTA and Calcium silicate restorative materials with  excellent biocompatibility, osteo- and cemento-inductive capabilities, reduce inflammation and promote faster radiographic healing.

At Professional Endodontics, our specialists have access to the latest techniques, materials, and instruments, and they most certainly have the expertise to use them. To strengthen your dental practice, partner with Professional Endodontics and offer your patients an extra level of care. Contact us or visit our website to learn more about what we can add to your practice.

About Professional Endodontics

Professional Endodontics has been exceeding the standard of care in Wayne and Macomb counties for over 50 years.  The team specializes with treating issues with the inside of the tooth and goes out of its way to provide a safe easy environment for patients. Each member of the practice is dedicated to providing excellence in patient care and values high-quality relationships with referring dentists and specialists.  Each endodontist at Professional Endodontics has been individually chosen as Best Dentists.  Thanks to contemporary advances in endodontics, Professional Endodontics is able to use innovative technology to treat and save teeth that have suffered damage to the soft tissue within the roots of the tooth.

Professional Endodontics now offers three state-of-the art facilities in Clinton Township, St. Clair Shores, and a fully renovated Southfield location in the Comerica Tower.  All locations offer the latest in advanced dental deliver systems, microscopy, and digital radiography.

Professional Endodontics

29201 Telegraph Road

Suite 110

Southfield, MI 48034

(248) 358-2910

http://www.profendo.com

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