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apicectomyWhen a tooth is badly decayed, has a large filling or receives a blow, for example, in an accident, the soft tissues within it (the pulp) may die. This dead tissue must be removed to prevent infection and this is undertaken by a procedure called root canal treatment. Sometimes, this treatment is unsuccessful or not possible and the infection persists at the tip of the root. This may sometimes cause pain and may also result in discharge of pus from the gum above the offending tooth. An apicectomy is a minor surgical procedure to remove the top of the root of a dead tooth and then seal the end with a filling.

The apicectomy gives an alternative to having the tooth extracted.

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