Sometimes teeth that have had root canal treatment may still continue to show signs of infection and cause pain. This may be due to the complex anatomy in the very tip of the root harbouring bacteria that cannot be removed by conventional root canal treatment. The aim of an apicectomy procedure is to surgically access the tip of
the root of the tooth and remove it along with any associated infection. The remaining end of the root is cleaned out using very precise piezosurgery instruments after which it is filled and the site closed with some stitches. Dr Mallorie uses the latest in piezosurgery instrumentation to help ensure this procedure can be carried out accurately and with a high probability of success. The hope is that the surgery enables the source of the ongoing infection to be removed and that it promotes healing of the site. Thus the patient gets to keep the tooth which they would of otherwise have to have had extracted.