Bart Nierzwicki , MD, DMD, PhD, FACS

Board-certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

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Endodontic Surgery – Apicoectomy – Root Canal – Greater Chicago, IL Area

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Endodontic Surgery

Hearing the words, "You need a root canal," can seem to make you feel as uncomfortable as the tooth condition itself. However, this doesn't have to be the case. Surgical endodontics can be performed by our board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Bartlomiej Nierzwicki, at his office in Chicago, IL, with a caring and compassionate staff, who are highly trained in IV sedation and other forms of anesthesia. The root canal and pulp chamber of the tooth contain the soft tissue, blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue, which can be exposed with an incision by our surgeon. Dr. Nierzwicki will remove the damaged area of the tooth, disinfect the remaining tooth, suture the gum line, and fill the hole. Dr. Nierzwicki sees patients of all ages to treat the pulp inside of the tooth when it becomes inflamed or infected and causes great discomfort. With a referral from your dentist, you can call our team at Millennium Surgical, and schedule your first appointment to be assessed for your surgical root canal.

Reasons for Treatment

The reason why a root canal might be performed by an oral surgeon instead of by a general dentist at the dentist's office is that sometimes a dentist will refer the patient if he or she thinks the tooth is in need of a more aggressive treatment. It can also be due to the fact that an incision in the gum line is needed to repair the damaged tooth.

During the Procedure

Our surgeon will use the anesthesia method agreed upon during the treatment planning session for your comfort. The surgeon will prep the tooth and pulp for removal. This procedure may require an apicoectomy, which is an incision in the gum tissue to uncover the inflamed tissue and bone for removal. To prevent infection, the surgeon will insert a root-end filling and suture up the gum. A crown, bridge, or denture will be placed to fill and shield the recovering area. 

Other Considerations

Please know that the root canal surgical procedure will result in some amount of pain and swelling until the incision is healed. We recommend over-the-counter pain medication, but if the pain is severe, please call and follow up with the surgeon.

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Recovery Time  
2 – 3 Days
Post-op Follow-up  
As Needed
Procedure Recovery Location  
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Heal & Restore

Our oral surgery practice has professionally trained nurses, and a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon who can treat your painful, damaged teeth with endodontic surgery. Your dentist may have referred you for a root canal, and our esteemed team can help prevent inevitable dental problems in the future, and stop the pain today. To keep your teeth strong, call our office today for a consultation.

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