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Apicoectomy Complications

Posted on 8/9/2021 by Dr. Ahmed Matri
Apicoectomy ComplicationsApicoectomies have extremely high success rates and are an excellent solution to avoid tooth loss after a root canal has failed to relieve symptoms. However, like every procedure, it does come with risks of complications. To be fully informed before making any decisions, check out come of the complications below.


One complication is the development of a post-apicoectomy infection. If this happens, patients can either opt for a second apicoectomy or have the tooth extracted. However, many professionals prescribe antibiotics for this very reason and apicoectomies have extremely high success rates.

Nerve Damage

This is the risk that most people are nervous about. However, the probability of this happening is extremely low. Because the procedure is near the tip of the root, there's a small chance of some nerve damage. However, this is rare and is unlikely to happen.

Sinus Problems

Patients may face sinus problems after undergoing an apicoectomy. This usually consists of nasal congestion because of swelling and may result in difficulty breathing through the nose. However, it should be noted that this is temporary and professionals like Ahmed Matri, DDS and can prescribe the appropriate medication to combat this.

People may be wary of apicoectomies because of these complications, but the biggest risk of an apicoectomy is the possibility that it may not work. If it doesn't, the tooth will have to be extracted. However, one of the most important parts of deciding to undergo this procedure is the choice of endodontist.

Complications and risks are minimized when you choose the right person for the job. An experienced endodontist will make sure to make the adequate preparations using X-rays and will offer you a thorough consultation to walk you through the procedure.

At Oak Endodontics & Implant Dentistry, Ahmed Matri, DDS and are experienced professionals who take every step to ensure your comfort. Call us at (703) 272-4389 to schedule a consultation.

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