Root Canal Surgery
Root canal treatment is a very predictable and effective way of treating infections and inflammation within the pulp. However, there are instances when the infection will persist at the tip of a root and in the bone after root canal treatment. Treatment of recalcitrant infections such as these will require a surgical procedure. The surgery involves opening the gum above and around the offending tooth and removing the infected tissue along with the tip of the root. It is common to then seal the exposed root end with a "mini" filling.
Local anesthetics are used to completely "numb" patients throughout this treatment. The experience is usually comfortable and pain-free. In fact, patients often return to work the very next day!