Surgical Apicectomies

Surgical Apicectomies

Root canal therapy as performed by a dentist for various indications might fail because of persistent infection in the bone around the root tips. A surgical apicectomy (section or removal of the root tips) might be required in an attempt to save the tooth and relieve symptoms.

These procedures can be performed under a local anaesthetic, but more invasive procedures require a general anaesthetic. Bone grafting will be performed to fill the defect and facilitate healing. A root canal apicectomy is often not successful due to underlying undetectable fractures and the tooth might require removal after which an implant can be placed.

Dr Herman E.C. Kruger


He is a Registered Specialist in Maxillofacial and Oral Surgery in private practice and part-time public service and manages disease processes, trouma and injuries as well as congenital defects involving the mouth, jaws and facial bones. Read more about Dr Kruger


Physical Address:
36 St James Road, 5201 East London, Eastern Cape
Tel: 043 722 6212
Fax: 043 743 3994