Bacterial inflammatory foci, which have already penetrated into the root apex via the tooth nerve, must be eliminated permanently in order to prevent the loss of the tooth. In a root canal treatment, the root canals are cleaned from the inside via the tooth surface. In a root tip resection, the part of the root tip that could not be cleaned sufficiently via the root canal is surgically removed. The canal is then microsurgically filled with a biocompatible material – with the aid of the surgical microscope – under sight.
By the way: This procedure is extremely rarely performed in our practice, as we achieve success rates of almost 98 percent with conservative root canal treatment for our patients. It is not always classical surgery that brings the greatest success. Often, minimally invasive treatments are just as effective.