Understanding apicoectomy endodontic surgery in Augusta, GA

At Augusta Endodontic Center, we offer a full range of endodontic treatments. Although nonsurgical root canal treatment is usually sufficient to eliminate infection and restore the health of a tooth, surgery is occasionally necessary. The most common endodontic surgery is apicoectomy, also known as root end surgery.

When is endodontic surgery needed?

The most common reasons that patients may need endodontic surgery include:

  • Locate microfractures that cause pain, yet do not show up on x-rays
  • Locate hidden canals in the tooth root that are not detected by x-ray
  • Treat damaged bone or tooth root surfaces
  • Remove calcium deposits from the root canals
  • Repair a tooth with a fractured root

About the apicoectomy procedure

An apicoectomy is the most commonly performed type of endodontic surgery. It is a very straightforward, micro surgical procedure which is used to remove the tip of the tooth root. This procedure may be necessary if there is persistent inflammation and infection of the bony area after a root canal procedure.

Due to technologies such as operating microscopes and digital imaging, the apicoectomy procedure is fast, comfortable, and reliable. Your endodontist begins by creating a small incision in the gum tissue to access the bone. Next, the very tip of the tooth root, along with inflamed or damaged tissue surrounding it, is removed. A special type of filling is used to restore the tooth root, and then the incision is closed with sutures.

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There may be some swelling after an apicoectomy procedure, as is normal with virtually any surgery. Pain and discomfort during apicoectomy recovery is generally mild. We will recommend an appropriate pain medication to help keep you comfortable. You may also be advised to use an ice pack to help reduce swelling.

Why choose Augusta Endodontic Center for your procedure?

The idea of having surgery, even a very minor procedure, can be intimidating. However, you can feel confident knowing that your oral health is in good hands when you choose Augusta Endodontic Center. Our team includes trained, certified, experienced endodontists who share a common goal of providing top quality treatment with minimal patient discomfort. Call us at (706) 800-9118 to schedule.

Dr. Emmanuel Ngoh, Augusta Endodontic Center
Dr. Michelle Sarno, Augusta Endodontic Center
Dr. Wiley Purcell, Augusta Endodontic Center

Dr. Emmanuel Ngoh has over 20 years of experience in dentistry. An alumnus of the Medical College of Georgia’s Schools of Dentistry and Allied Health and Kennesaw State University, he practiced as a General Dentist for four years before specializing in endodontics. He founded Augusta Endodontic Center to fulfill the endodontic needs of patients in the area.
Dr. Ngoh is a member of the American Association of Endodontists, American Dental Association, Christian Medical and Dental Association, Georgia Dental Association, and Augusta Dental Society. He is a Faculty Member of the Georgia Regents University, College of Dental Medicine and has contributed to many research projects and journals. His efforts have been recognized with many awards and being voted as one of Augusta‘s Top Dentists by the Augusta Magazine.

Michelle Sarno, DDS received her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the Columbia University of Dental Medicine and followed her endodontic residency at Fort Gordon, GA. She served as an Army General Dentist for over 10 years before entering private practice. She is a member of the American Association of Endodontists, American Dental Association, and Augusta Dental Society and is a Scientific Advisory Board Member for the Journal of Endodontics.

Wiley Purcell, DMD attended the University of Georgia, Dental College of Georgia from where he obtained his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree, and the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center, where he completed his residency/ Advanced Education in General Dentistry. He served as a General Dentist at Christ Community Health Services before completing his Endodontic Residency at the Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University. He is a member of the American Association of Endodontists, American Dental Association, Georgia Dental Association, and Augusta Dental Society.