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In the rare case a root canal treatment is not wholly effective, it is possible that the only way to deal with either ongoing infection or discomfort is through a minor procedure known as an ‘apicectomy’.

An apicectomy is a small surgical procedure wherein the area surrounding the tooth in question is numbed with anaesthetic and the tip of the root is exposed and shortened. A small amount of filling material is inserted into the cleaned root surface and the gum is closed with stitches.

Due to the high success rates of root canal treatment, this procedure is now uncommon, though it can be used to prolong the life of a tooth by many years and sometimes indefinitely.

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