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dental infections


Dental infections range from the benign which produce mild swelling and discomfort,
to life-threatening infections which compromise the patient's ability to breath and body to function.


The vast majority of dental infections will be successfully treated with antibiotics, but most will eventually require surgery for a permanent cure.


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Apicectomy

An apicectomy is done when the bone is infected around the apex of a root-canal treated tooth.

A small cut is made in the gum over the root of the tooth and an opening made through the bone to expose the infected area.  The area is thoroughly cleaned and the root tip severed.  A retrograde filling is then placed at the tip to seal the root of the tooth.