Apicoectomy is a small surgical procedure in which the tip of the tooth root is removed with the surrounding inflamed tissue and it allows the patient to preserve his natural tooth and prevent extraction.
This procedure is performed in patients when the endodontic treatment did not cure the permanent inflammatory or cystic process. Apicoectomy is performed under local anesthesia and it is completely painless.
Before the procedure, it is necessary to cure the tooth. During the procedure, it is needed to minimally cut through and raise the gums in order to allow to get to the root of the tooth where the pathological process is located.
The tooth drill removes part of the tooth root along with the inflammatory process, and then the root canal is filled with biocompatible materials.
The treatment ends with sewing gingival flap and healing.
This surgical procedure removes the retained wisdom teeth and teeth that cannot be removed in the usual way.
Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to grow in the jaw and for most people the growth of wisdom teeth does not create major problems other than temporary pain during growth.
Complications may arise if wisdom teeth do not have enough space for proper growth or if they start to grow in the wrong direction causing bleeding of the surrounding teeth and inflammation.
The extraction of wisdom teeth is not a complicated procedure and it is performed routinely, most commonly under local anesthesia.
After the procedure, swelling of the surrounding tissue can occur, but this is normal and it can be calmed with cold compresses.
Bone volume decreases over time at the place where there is a missing tooth.
For the implant procedure, it is necessary that the jaw is tall and wide enough for the implant to be stable.
If the recession of the bone occurs, bone augmentation is necessary to successfully place the implant.
That is why the procedure requires transferring the bone harvested from the client’s own body or an artificial bone can be used.
After the transplantation of the client’s own bone or the implantation of synthetic materials, 4 to 9 months are needed for the bone to fully fuse with other bone parts.
After the examination, the dentist will decide with the client which method is the best taking into account the size of the location where the implant should be placed.
The patient must undergo general anesthesia.
Vlatko Lovrinić, DMD
Vlatko Lovrinić, DMD, is our specialist in oral surgery. He was born in Zagreb in 1979, graduated from the Faculty of Dental Medicine of the University of Zagreb in 2004, and he completed the specialist examination in oral surgery in 2009. He stayed on several occasions at universities in the US (Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland; Loma Linda University, California), where he became well acquainted with the program, achievements and work of these prestigious centers. He regularly participates in numerous congresses and professional lectures in dental implantology and oral surgery. It is a professional and private pleasure to work and spend time with Dr. Lovrinić, and you can be sure you are always in the right hands!