Beachwood Apicoectomy

Why would I need endodontic surgery?

Generally, a root canal is all that is needed to save teeth with injured pulp from extraction. Occasionally, this non-surgical procedure will not be sufficient to heal the tooth and Dr. Katz or Dr. Bonar will recommend surgery. Endodontic surgery can be used to locate fractures or hidden canals that do not appear on x-rays but still manifest pain in the tooth. Damaged root surfaces or the surrounding bone may also be treated with this procedure. The most common surgery used to save damaged teeth is an apicoectomy or root-end resection.

What is an apicoectomy?

The video above illustrates this simple procedure. An incision is made in the gum tissue to expose the bone and surrounding inflamed tissue. The damaged tissue is removed along with the end of the root tip. A root-end filling is placed to prevent reinfection of the root and the gum is sutured. The bone naturally heals around the root over a period of months restoring full function.

Infected tissue, bone, gum tissue, gutta-percha, ligament and filling
1. Infected Tissue
Infected tissue being removed and the missing root tip
2. Tissue Removed
Suture and root-end filling
3. Suture Placed
Tooth with healed bone
4. Healing Complete

What should I expect after an apicoectomy?

Following the procedure, there may be some discomfort or slight swelling while the incision heals. This is normal for any surgical procedure. To alleviate any discomfort, appropriate pain medication will be recommended. If you have pain that does not respond to medication, please call our office.


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Beachwood Endodontic Specialists

5 out of 5 stars based on 49 Apicoectomy reviews

Patient Review by John K

I was very pleased with the professional care and treatment I received from Dr. Katz and his staff. They earned my respect and gratitude.

- John K

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Patient Review by janet m

I felt complete trust with Dr. Bonar and staff could not ask for anything more

- janet m

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Patient Review by Janeen A

I had a very pleasant experience with Dr. Bonar. I had anxiety about my procedure, but Dr. Bonar and her staff were very patient, kind and made me feel very comfortable.

- Janeen A

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Patient Review by Lauren L

Dr. Bonar and Latice were absolutely fantastic. This was my first root canal and I had several questions. Both Dr. Bonar and Latice were highly knowledgeable and made me feel very comfortable. Dr. Bonar answered my questions with understanding and patience. She explained everything in a way that was easy to understand. I felt very comfortable under her care and would recommend her to anyone in a heartbeat. Latice made me feel welcome from the very beginning and had such a bright attitude that I left there far happier than I was when I walked in. Great experience all around.

- Lauren L

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Patient Review by Lorrie R

Dr. Katz always seen me asap when needed and corrected whatever problem I had painlessly. He has a kind and compassionate disposition also, which is why I chose him to be my Endodontist rather than other Endodontists and his pricing is reasonable for his services.

- Lorrie R

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Patient Review by Anna S

This appointment was scheduled very quickly for a next day emergency and was done with ease. I walked into the appointment a bit tense/anxious (all the reading I did the night prior did not help), but once I sat into the chair Dr. Bonar's assistant informed me of the procedure and talked me away from a lot of the anxiety I was feeling. I was numbed, popped in my headphones to listen to a podcast and Dr. Bonar went to work. I am oh so thankful for everything and if my tooth was not dead, I am sure it would be saying it is happy with how everything went too!

- Anna S

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Patient Review by Karen K

Dr. Katz is very skilled in his specialty.I trust his expertise, and he is caring towards patient's anxieties. I have referred friends in the past and they all have been pleased with Dr. Katz and their results.

- Karen K

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Patient Review by Angie K

Great location near 271, no wait time and very transparent with communicating out of pocket costs. This office welcomed my referral from my Dentist. The Endodontic Specialist and my general dentist made for a pleasant and unforgettable patient experience! And the injection was not bad at all= first injections are always great impressions! I have had a prior root canal in the past and Dr. Bonar is bar none! The office is very clean and organized.

- Angie K

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Patient Review by Stephanie Anne H

Thank you so much for saving my front tooth. I'm so very grateful

- Stephanie Anne H

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Patient Review by Hedy P

This was either my third of fourth root canal procedure at Dr. Katz’s office and my first one with Dr. Bonar. The whole team was courteous, friendly and showed genuine concern for me. I had the utmost confidence in Dr. Bonar and when the procedure was complete and the Novocain wore off I had almost no pain. Five days later, and I am doing very well.

- Hedy P

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Patient Review by Matt T

Some months ago, circumstances dictated that I had a root canal procedure while living overseas. This proved problematic for me, and that same tooth, as well an another molar developed problems which were quite painful and uncomfortable. Upon recommendation of my great, long time dentist (Dr. Murray Berkowtiz) I was able to get in to see Dr. Katz...who, in the end provided great and very professional care and was able to get me sorted ! A big thanks to Dr. Katz and his entire team. I especially want to mention and thank his assistant Latisha - who was extra kind and patient with me ! Thanks Dr. Katz and your entire team !!

- Matt T

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Patient Review by John N

The whole experience was simple and pain free. I would recommend Dr. Katz to anyone. He certainly took the fear and anxiety out of the process. Thank you very much to the staff and Dr. Katz.

- John N

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Patient Review by Kirk M

Knowledgeable, friendly, effective communication skills.

- Kirk M

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Patient Review by Tessa M

I felt comfortable at all times and appreciated the communication from all of the staff.

- Tessa M

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Patient Review by Matthew C

Dr. Bonar was calm, professional, and excellent at her craft. As far as root canals go, it was pretty great!

- Matthew C

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Patient Review by James R

staff was professional.

- James R

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Patient Review by Michelle S

The office staff & doctor were very friendly and pleasant. My problem was diagnosed quickly & taken care of at the same appointment.

- Michelle S

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Patient Review by Ellen R

I had a complicated tooth problem. Dr Katz did an outstanding job of using his expertise to try to save my tooth. He took all the time I needed to explain the problem and give me options. He also gave me his personal opinion on what to do with the tooth based on cat scan results and his years of professional experience.

- Ellen R

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Patient Review by paula B

Everyone was very helpful and nice, you accept care credit and that is a plus.

- paula B

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Patient Review by Angelo C

It was a great expierence. Office very helpful, Dr Bonar and Katie worked together well. I was taken care of quickly with no pain or discomfort. Would recommend to everyone. Great job.

- Angelo C

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