Endodontic Specialists Seattle with Dr. Timothy Kim and Dr. Brett Nydegger Seattle Endodontics, South Lake Union Endo
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 Overview

The endodontic services we offer include the following:

Consultation and Diagnosis
Your dentist has referred you to our office for an endodontic evaluation and possible treatment.

Non-surgical Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy involves the cleaning, shaping and filling of the canal space within the root of the tooth.

Non-surgical Root Canal Retreatment
Retreatment is necessary when the root canal becomes reinfected. It is usually possible to perform the root canal treatment again and create an environment which will promote healing.

Surgical Endodontics
When retreatment is not possible or is not successful, a surgical approach can be used.

Differential Diagnosis of Oral Facial Pain
Endodontists are trained to differentiate between pain of endodontic origin and non-dental pain.

Internal Bleaching or Nonvital Bleaching
This procedure is used to lighten a darkly discolored tooth that has had a root canal.

Additional services:

  • DVD movie glasses
  • Wheelchair accessibility

For your safety our office features:

  • Our office meets or exceeds all OSHA standards of sterilization and infection control
  • Disposable covers and medical supplies
  • Protective clothing: masks, gloves, gowns, goggles
  • State of the art sterilization techniques and monitoring
  • Continuing education for staff in infection control and CPR training


Consultation and Diagnosis

Your dentist has referred you to our office for an endodontic evaluation and possible treatment. We will review your medical and dental history, chief complaint, perform diagnostic tests, and study all x-rays. It is sometimes necessary to have additional x-rays taken in order to provide a three dimensional view of the tooth in question.

The goals of an endodontic evaluation are:

  1. Determine if you are in need of endodontic (root canal) treatment
  2. Identify the source of the pain.

Patients often experience generalized pain and are unable to identify the problem tooth. Sometimes pain can be felt in an area that is different from the one in which it originates. When the source of pain is different from the site of pain, this is commonly known as referred pain.


Surgical Endodontics

Sometimes a non-surgical approach for root canal therapy is not possible. Skillful diagnosis in endodontic surgery requires accurate determination of the reasons for endodontic failure. Most common causes for failure are: unusual, complex and undetectable root canal anatomy, accessory canals that cannot be treated conventionally, or a fractured root. Other factors which may require a surgical approach, include the presence of a post which cannot be removed, calcification of the canals, or obstruction due to a separated instrument. Most of these cases can be successfully treated with endodontic surgery.

The goal of all endodontic surgery is to remove disease, prevent it from recurring, and to create an environment in which healing may occur.

The surgical procedure itself is done in the dental office, under local anesthetic. It can take approximately two or three hours, and most patients return to work after the procedure. Some of the most common endodontic surgeries are:

Apicoectomy (or Root-End Resection)
Hemisection
Root Amputation