The term “root canal” usually refers to a non-surgical treatment to address infections or damage within the pulp of a tooth. However, the phrase “root canal” can be somewhat ambiguous, as it can refer to the anatomy of the tooth (the part of the pulp chamber that extends into the root) or to the non-surgical treatment process itself. The standard root canal treatment is not considered surgery.

That said, there are surgical procedures related to the root canal system of a tooth, and one of the most common is called an apicoectomy or root-end resection. This procedure becomes necessary when a standard Root Canal Treatment isn’t sufficient to heal the periapical tissues (the tissues at the tip of the root).

Here’s how an apicoectomy typically works:

This surgical procedure becomes necessary when:


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