Learn more about the different kinds of endodontic surgery and when they are necessary.
Having to undergo surgery might not be the happiest news you’ve heard all week but sometimes endodontic surgery is necessary if there are certain issues or symptoms that can’t be treated with nonsurgical methods. Luckily, our Washington DC endodontists Dr. Delany, Dr. Moiseiwitsch, and Dr. Latifi have performed countless surgeries and knows how to provide a gentle, comfortable treatment and environment to put our patients at ease in the dentist’s chair.
What is an endodontist?
An endodontist is a dentist that specializes in treating conditions and problems that affect the inner workings of a tooth (more specifically, the dental pulp). The pulp is soft tissue that runs from the tip of the tooth to the roots. When the pulp is inflamed or infected our endodontic specialists here in Washington DC will recommend undergoing surgery.
What are the different types of endodontist surgery?
The most common dental procedure that an endodontist performs is root canal therapy to treat an infected or inflamed dental pulp and to preserve the natural tooth structure to prevent the need for an extraction. Getting a root canal could actually save the tooth.
Another common procedure is an apicoectomy, also referred to as a root-end resection. This procedure is necessary if there is inflammation or infection that surrounds the bony regions at the end of the tooth even after a root canal has been performed. Before performing a root canal or apicoectomy, our dentists will numb the area first with local anesthesia.
While these are the two most common types of endodontic surgery an endodontist can also repair an injured tooth root, remove one or more roots (referred to as root amputation), and perform an intentional reimplantation (in which the tooth is extracted, treated with root canal therapy and then placed back into the socket). All of these procedures are designed to preserve your natural tooth and to prevent it from needing to be pulled.
If you are dealing with a toothache or other warning signs that you need a root canal, it’s important that you have an endodontist in Washington DC that you can turn to for an immediate and thorough evaluation. The sooner we are able to treat the problem the better. Call DC Endodontics right away if you notice any changes in your oral health.