When a canal is too narrow for instruments to be used during non-surgical root canal therapy, endodontic surgery may be needed to reach the ends of the roots and help save your tooth, particularly if the bony areas around the end of your tooth is inflamed or infected.
A small incision is made in the gum to expose the underlying bone so that the diseased tissue can be removed. A filing may be placed in the root at the end of the canal as well as a few stitches to help the tissue heal properly. Over time, your bone will heal around the end of the root. This is all done under local anesthesia utilizing a sophisticated microscope and special instruments. We recommend you have someone to drive you home after this procedure.
Please contact us if you have any questions by calling our dental office in Burke VA at (703) 459-9495.