Dean C. Younce, D.M.D., P.A.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery


Endodontic dentistry deals with the diseases and treatment of the tooth root. At our office, the most common endodontic procedures are apicoectomies and retrograde fillings.


An apicoectomy, or periradicular surgery, is a surgery done to the tooth root surface. Usually performed at the very tip of the root, this procedure is often done when a root canal treatment isn't sufficient to save a tooth, or when the root canal becomes infected. During an apicoectomy, the root tip, or apex of the root, and any other infected tissue in the root canal is cut away.


After the apex of the root has been cut, the root tip needs to be filled to seal the section of the root canal. Similar to a tooth in need of a filling for restoration, a root in need of a filling is treated with a retrograde filling. This type of filling is placed on the tip of the tooth root after it has been cut.


As a patient receiving either treatment, you will enjoy a comfortable and painless surgery due to the use of sedation or general anesthesia. If you have any questions or concerns, please call our office at 939-4242.