The procedure involves making an opening in the gum tissue adjacent to the tooth. The inflamed tissue is curetted and the end of the root is usually removed. Occasionally a small filling is placed to seal the end of the root. At the completion of the procedure several stitches are placed to close the wound and aid in the healing process.
Over the next few months the bone heals around the end of the root and an x ray will be taken after approximately 6 months to ensure healing is occurring.