Hearing the words, "You need a root surgery," 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. Dr. Nierzwicki will remove the damaged area of the tooth root and any infection around it. Dr. Nierzwicki sees patients of all ages to treat the damaged tissues outside of the tooth root 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 surgery.
"I am extremely phobic of dentists. Had an emergency extraction done. Injected the novocaine, extracted the root and didn't feel a thing. Thank you. I walked out a new woman!! I highly recommend!!"- D.S. / Yahoo / Aug 13, 2019
"Amazing staff! Super kind! Dr. Nierzwicki is very thorough and ensures that he answers all of your questions. The entire team works together to ensure you have the best experience. Thanks again!"- L.L. / Facebook / Dec 19, 2019
"I got 4 wisdom teeth pulled at Dr. Nierzwickis office the other day, I am still in the healing process and they are very helpfull with calling to check in everyday and giving me the option to call them anytime if I have questions. I was very scared for the surgery but they were very nice and caring, surgery was painless, and even recovery is going better than I had thought! Office is very professional and clean, as well as the staff is kind. Will definitely reccomend to anyone!"- P.J. / Facebook / Dec 23, 2015
"I came to Millennium Surgical for my wisdom teeth removal after my sister had the same procedure done before. She had nothing but kind and encouraging words about her experience with Dr. Bart and the staff. Even though I went extremely nervous and not knowing what to expect, Dr. Bart and the staff made this process go smoothly as possible. They thoroughly explained their plan and procedure with professionalism and friendliness which made me 100% comfortable going in. After my... 2 visits for my wisdom teeth removal, I’m extremely thankful for Dr. Bart and Millennium Surgical for making my extraction experience safe and successful. Thanks again to the staff that was so helpful for clearly answering the hundreds of questions that we had during this process as well. If you are looking to become wisdom teeth free like I was, I highly recommend Dr. Bart and Millennium Surgical for their friendly, sincere, and professional services"- A.P. / Facebook / Feb 01, 2020
"Second time visiting Millennium Surgical-this time as a patient! They are a welcoming and knowledgeable staff! Dr. Nierzxwicki took the time to explain in detail and answer any questions I had regarding my procedure. A relative had a similar procedure done a few years ago and he also had the same positive experience."- V.M. / Facebook / Jan 29, 2020
Reasons for Treatment
Generally, a root canal is all that is needed to save teeth with injured pulp from extraction. Occasionally, this non-surgical procedure will not be sufficient to heal the tooth and your endodontist or dentist will recommend root surgery. Endodontic surgery can be used to locate fractures or hidden canals that do not appear on x-rays but still manifest pain in the tooth. Damaged root surfaces or the surrounding bone may also be treated with this procedure. The most common surgery used to save damaged teeth is an apicoectomy or root-end resection.
During the Procedure
A root end surgery, also known as apicoectomy, root resection, retrograde root canal treatment or root-end filling, is an endodontic micro-surgical procedure whereby a tooth's root tip is removed and a root end cavity is prepared and filled with a biocompatible material.
An incision is made in the gum tissue to expose the bone and surrounding inflamed tissue. The damaged tissue is removed along with the end of the root tip. A root-end filling is placed to prevent reinfection of the root and the gum is sutured. The bone naturally heals around the root over a period of months restoring full function.
Following the procedure, there may be some discomfort or slight swelling while the incision heals. This is normal for any surgical procedure. To alleviate any discomfort, an appropriate pain medication will be recommended. If you have pain that does not respond to medication, please call our office.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 2 – 3 Days
- Post-op Follow-up
- As Needed
- Procedure Recovery Location