Apicoformation, correcting immature teeth

Written by: Asunción Archilla
Edited by: Top Doctors®

Apicoformación or apicogenesis is an endodontic treatment that is performed on young permanent teeth. From 6 to 18 years, eruption of the definitive teeth. Since a permanent tooth erupts in the mouth until the development of its root is completed, it takes around three years. If pulpal necrosis occurs during this time, that is, the death of the nerve of the tooth, whether due to caries or trauma, the root development is stopped and the piece will need an endodontic treatment, known as apicoformación.

Being an immature tooth that has not finished its training. The main difficulty of this treatment is to seal the apex (root end) that is much wider than in the adult tooth.

How long does the treatment of apicoformation last?


Traditionally the formation of an apical stop was induced, which involved carrying out the treatment in multiple appointments every three months and for a period of up to three years. Nowadays, we have a material (MTA) that, together with the bioceramic materials allows us to make an apical barrier, so that the apicoformation is reduced to only a couple of sessions.


Can the patient bite normally after apicoformation?

Once the patient has overcome the typical postoperative discomfort, he will be able to bite normally, although he must always keep in mind that it is a tooth with the most fragile walls, since it has not completed its development. In case of doubt, consult with a specialist in dentistry .

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Asunción Archilla

Dra. Asuncion Archilla is the Director and Supervisor of radiodiagnosis facilities in the Dental Clinic Pilar Garrido. Also, the doctor has a Master of Endodontics at the Complutense University of Madrid, which has actively worked as a teacher from 2001 to 2003. He is a specialist in apexification, endodontics in children, reendodoncia and rotary endodontics.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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