John M. Sullivan, DMD, MS
Board Certified Endodontist

Thomas P. Currie, DMD, MS

Alexander R. McClure, DMD


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MicroSurgical Endodontics

MicroSurgical endodontics is a surgical procedure that treats the end of the root. Sometimes this is referred to as an apicoectomy or apical surgery. The root apex is removed, allowing the chemomechanical treatment of the apical aspect of the root canal system. A filling is then placed in the end of the root. This procedure is often recommended if the cause of failure is isolated the end of the root.


Diagram of inflamed/infected tissue in gumsThis is an image showing a root canal treated tooth with infected or inflamed tissue around the apex.
Diagram of infected tissue surgery processMicroSurgery is performed to remove the infected/inflamed tissue and treat the end of the root.
Diagram showing suture and root end fillingThis image shows the filling that has been placed in the canal at the end of the root.
Diagram showing a healed bone post surgeryThis is an image showing the bone now healed around this tooth. Bone often takes one year or more to fully heal.

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