Cascadia Dental Specialists

Endodontists & Dental Implant Specialists located in Bellevue, WA

There’s more to your tooth's health than its surface. Endodontics is the study of the series of blood vessels and nerves inside your teeth, also known as the pulp. When the pulp of the tooth becomes infected, it can cause serious problems for your teeth. If you believe you might have an infected nerve inside your tooth, contact Cascadia Dental Specialists in Bellevue, Washington. They have expertise in many forms of endodontic surgery, including root canals, root amputations, and apicoectomies.


What is a root canal?

If a root canal is needed, it means the pulp of the tooth has become infected and needs to be removed. When this pulp is infected, if gone untreated, it can create an abscess, increase swelling, cause bone loss, and create immense pain. Symptoms of an infection like this include:

  • Acne on the gums
  • Sensitivity to temperature
  • Discoloration of the tooth

During a root canal procedure, your endodontic provider first numbs the tooth. Then, they drill a hole in the side of the tooth to remove the pulp and flush out any bacteria. Once your provider thoroughly cleans the tooth, they reseal the hole. Because the tooth can function without the pulp, your mouth should return to normal after a root canal.

What is an apicoectomy?

Sometimes a root canal alone cannot save the tooth. An apicoectomy, or root-end resection, is performed when the bone around the end of your tooth exhibits persistent inflammation after a root canal procedure.

First, the specialist opens the gum tissue to see the bone. They then remove the infected tissue at  the very end of the root. To seal the root canal, they add a small filling then they close with a few stitches to ensure the tissue heals properly.

What is a root amputation?

Endodontists perform a root amputation when a single root of a multi-root tooth becomes infected. This may sound frightening, but your dedicated Cascadia Dental Specialists provider can save a problem tooth by amputating the problem root, preventing the spread of infection to the rest of the tooth.

If you believe you might need surgery or you recently had a root canal that’s still bothering you, contact Cascadia Dental Specialists today.