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Microsurgery

Occasionally, a nonsurgical root canal procedure alone cannot save your tooth and your endodontist will recommend surgery. Endodontic surgery can be used to locate small fractures or hidden canals that weren’t detected on x-rays or during previous treatment. Surgery may also be needed to remove calcium deposits in root canals, or to treat damaged root surfaces or the surrounding bone of the tooth. To learn more about endodontic surgery, talk to an endodontist in your area.

There are many surgical procedures that can be performed to save a tooth. The most common is called an apicoectomy, or root-end resection, which is occasionally needed when inflammation or infection persists in the bony area around the end of your tooth after a root canal procedure. In this microsurgical procedure, the endodontist opens the gum tissue near the tooth to see the underlying bone and to remove any inflamed or infected tissue. The very end of the root is also removed. A small filling may be placed to seal the end of the root canal and few stitches or sutures are placed to help the tissue heal. Over a period of months, the bone heals around the end of the root. Local anesthetics make the procedure comfortable, and most patients return to their normal activities the next day. Postsurgical discomfort is generally mild.

*Information provided by the American Association of Endodontics

COVID-19 PANDEMIC OFFICE PROTOCOL:

During the COIVD-19 Pandemic and as per ADA and Mass Department of Health and Safety, our office is closed until further notice to elective dental/endodontic care. During this time, we may be able to accommodate some urgent dental emergencies after a telephone interview. Our office manager and front desk is taking telephone calls and trying to triage patients with acute pain. For safety of our dental staff, patients are triaged for symptoms of COVID-19 prior to their arrival at our office. Please call the office at 416-781-5251 for more information about this protocol. Note: Office appointments may take longer to allow for a more rigorous protocol of disinfection of all surfaces between patients following the CDC and OSHA standards for our collective safety. At York Hill Endodontics, we are committed to the highest standards of safety during your care under our supervision. When you arrive to the office, you will be asked to wash your face and hands before filling out forms. If you feel sick or are under the weather, we ask you to stay home until your symptoms are fully resolved. We are unable to treat patients with signs and symptoms of a cold, coughing, fever, sneezing, and other manifestations of an upper respiratory tract infection until those symptoms are fully resolved. We appreciate your understanding during this pandemic and our vigilance to provide the safest possible care to our patients and staff.