Root Canal Therapy

At Beacon Dental, we provide root canal therapy and apicoectomy procedures to protect your oral health. Through these procedures, badly damaged or infected teeth are able to be saved. This drastically reduces the need for a tooth extraction in most cases, as it keeps natural teeth healthy while removing any exposed tissues from the tooth’s interior. 

If you or anyone in your family are experiencing a tooth infection or has noticed swelling around a particular tooth, call our office in Winterville, NC today! By allowing us to evaluate the situation and determine your need for a root canal or apicoectomy, we can save your tooth from extraction.

Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy is a procedure used to remove the infection from the interior of your tooth. Most often, teeth become infected due to severe decay or damage. By removing the infected pulp (internal tissues) through a small opening in the crown of the tooth, the dental structure is able to recover and function is restored. Once this has been completed, your tooth will be capped with a custom-made crown that prevents further damage and restores the full function of the tooth. With our CEREC technology, you can receive your new crown on the same day!

Signs of a Tooth Infection

  • Painful toothache
  • Dark discoloration of the tooth
  • Temperature sensitivity
  • Gums swelling around a tooth


This procedure is similar to a root canal, but rather than the pulp being removed from the surface of the tooth, it is instead removed surgically through the root. If a root canal is deemed insufficient for treating your tooth or if tooth pain persists after a root canal, this procedure may be necessary.

  • Prior to beginning the procedure, the gums surrounding the infected tooth are sufficiently numbed.
  • Then, a small incision is created to access the root of the tooth.
  • This allows us to quickly access the inflamed pulp by forming a small hole in the tooth root. After removing the pulp, we seal the opening with a dental filling.
  • The gums are sutured closed for healing of the tooth.

Your Comfort is Our Priority

The thought of either of these procedures may seem intimidating, particularly if this is your first time having them performed. However, we assure you that they are not as scary as they may seem. No matter if you’re a new or current patient, we want you to feel comfortable during your time with us. Each member of our team is compassionate and gentle, willing to do everything we can to accommodate you at your appointment and ensure that you feel comfortable. 

Our office is dedicated to your wellbeing and we invite you to contact us with any concerns you may have regarding your dental health. If you are concerned that you may need a root canal or apicoectomy, please contact us as soon as possible.

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