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NHS NW London Planned Procedures with a Threshold Policy. Version 2.1 (April 2012) Is this the latest version? Check here:


It is recognised that non-surgical root canal treatment is the treatment of choice is most cases, however the Faculty of Dental Surgery guidance states that apicectomy is indicated in the conditions listed below. Current available evidence suggests that the success rate of apicectomy on molar teeth in acute providers is low, therefore NWL will only fund an Apicectomy on anterior teeth in the following conditions; (on an individual basis) Conditions indicating apicectomy: Presence of adequate orthograde root canal treatment on clinical and radiographic examination And one of the following; Presence of periradicular disease with or without symptoms in a root filled tooth, where: o non-surgical root canal re-treatment cannot be undertaken or has failed; or, o conventional treatment may be detrimental to the retention of the tooth e.g. obliterated root canals, small teeth with full coverage restorations where conventional access may jeopardise the underlying core Presence of periradicular disease in a tooth where iatrogenic or developmental anomolies prevent nonsurgical root treatment being undertaken Where a biopsy of periradicular tissue is required Where visualisation of the periradicular tissues and root tooth is required where perforation, root crack or fracture is suspected Where procedures are required that require either tooth sectioning or root amputation Where it may not be expedient to undertake prolonged non-surgical root canal retreatment because of patient considerations. Proposed patient pathway for apicectomy:

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Anterior teeth (15) Posterior teeth

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Posterior Apicectomy will only be considered via the IFR Route

IFR(Exceptional casesonly)

An apicectomy is a surgical procedure involving the removal of an infected tip of the root or roots of a tooth and a small amount of surrounding bone or tissue. It is indicated when there is radiographic evidence that a root infection has persisted despite the removal of the dead nerve and the placement of a sound root filling. Evidence base Advice: Evidence (grade d) indicators that in general apicectomy may only be funded in accordance with the guidance in policy and criteria. There are no RCTs comparing apicectomy to non-surgical interventions for infected root tips. Literature shows that the success rate of apical surgery on molar teeth is low and should not be routinely undertaken (Wesson and Gale, 1999).

Patient information leaflet References 1. British Association Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Referral guidelines. Apical surgery. Available at: ROM/guidelines/Apical%20surgery.pdf. Accessed 3rd October 2007. 2. Royal College of Surgeons of England. Guidelines for surgical endodontics. RCS 2001. Available at: [Accessed 1st Oct 2007] 3. Wesson CM, Gale TM (1999) Molar apicectomy with amalgam root-end filling: results of a prospective study in two district general hospitals. Br Dent J

NHS NW London Planned Procedures with a Threshold Policy. Version 2.1 (April 2012) Is this the latest version? Check here: