Advances in state-of-the-art instruments and surgical operating microscopes have enabled endodontists to use surgical techniques to safely and effectively save natural teeth in situations that used to require removal and placement of artificial implants. With her years of experience, Dr. Kanter can diagnose if your teeth would benefit from endodontic microsurgery and discuss the different options available.
What conditions benefit from microsurgery?
Usually, a tooth that has undergone a root canal can last the rest of your life and never need further endodontic treatment. In a few cases, a tooth may not heal or may become infected months or even years after successful treatment. If this is true for you, surgery may help save your natural tooth by enabling Dr. Kanter to closely examine the entire root of your tooth, find the problem, and provide precisely targeted treatment. If your root canals have deposits that make them too narrow for the instruments used in root canal treatment to reach the end of the root, Dr. Kanter may recommend endodontic surgery to clean and seal the remainder of the canal.
Will the procedure hurt?
Local anesthetics in the hands of Dr. Kanter and her experienced, gentle staff make the procedure comfortable. Following surgery, while the incision heals, you may feel some discomfort or experience slight swelling. Dr. Kanter will recommend appropriate allopathic and homeopathic pain relief protocols to speed your healing process. Most of our patients are able to return to work and their regular routine the very next day.