Endodontic surgery can help to save your tooth by treating damaged root surfaces and surrounding bone. Surgery may also be used to make a diagnosis in the case that symptoms are present but no problems appear on your x-ray by allowing the endodontic to examine the root of your tooth. If your tooth has calcification (calcium deposits which make the canal too narrow to perform a root canal) endodontic surgery may be necessary to clean and seal the remainder of the canal.
The most common endodontic surgery procedure is the apicoectomy. Apicoectomy is an effective procedure involving the surgical removal of a root end cavity and sealing of the root canal. The purpose of this procedure is to fight infection in the tissues surrounding the tip of the root, thereby saving the tooth from extraction.