Effective Endodontic Surgery with Our Board-Certified Endodontic Specialist

Dr. Derek PeekEndodontic surgery addresses complex dental issues. In Cedar Rapids, IA, at Eastern Iowa Endodontics, Dr. Derek Peek specializes in these root canal surgeries, ensuring top-notch care for patients with his board-certified status and years of experience. 

Dr. Peek brings his extensive expertise in endodontic treatment to save your tooth. Holding certifications and commendations for his exceptional skill set, call our office at  (319) 382-8002 to schedule your consultation with one of the best root canal dentists in Iowa. 


What is Endodontic Surgery?

Endodontic surgery directly removes the infection and problematic portion of your tooth to allow the bone to heal. This procedure requires detailed surgical skills to gain access to the end of your tooth and precisely remove and repair the damaged tissues. Surgery becomes necessary when traditional treatments, like root canals, don’t help the infection go away. During this surgery, our board-certified endodontist addresses problems like persistent infections, hidden canals, or fractures that aren’t visible on X-rays.


When Is Endodontic Surgery Necessary?

Further endodontic treatment becomes necessary in cases where conventional root canal therapy isn’t enough to help save your tooth. Some situations include:

  • Persistent Infections: When infections persist despite traditional treatments, surgery may be needed to clean out the affected area thoroughly and let the gum tissue heal properly.
  • Complicated Anatomy: Hidden canals or complex tooth structures might require surgical intervention to effectively save your tooth.
  • Diagnosing Hidden Issues: Sometimes, surgery is necessary to diagnose problems that aren’t visible on X-rays or through regular examinations.

Dr. Derek Peek, one of Iowa’s best endodontic specialists, evaluates each case meticulously to determine if endodontic surgery is the best course of action, ensuring optimal outcomes. Call our Cedar Rapids, IA, office at  (319) 382-8002 to learn more. 


The Endodontic Surgery Process

Preparation and Examination

CBCT machineDr. Peek begins by examining the patient’s dental history and performing a thorough assessment of the affected tooth using X-rays, CBCT images, and a full diagnostic workup. After discussing the procedure and addressing any concerns, you will be rescheduled so that we can properly prepare specifically for your treatment. 

Surgical Procedure

With precision and expertise, Dr. Peek makes a small incision in the gum tissue to access the end of your tooth (the root apex). Any infected or damaged tissue is removed, and the root tip (or apex) of the natural tooth is trimmed and refined. The area is thoroughly cleaned and sealed with a biocompatible material to prevent further infection. 

Post-Surgery Care

After the surgery, Dr. Peek provides detailed instructions for post-operative care, including medication to manage discomfort and antibiotics if needed. Follow-up appointments monitor healing progress and remove any sutures. Patients must adhere to post-surgery instructions to ensure proper healing.


Aftercare for Endodontic Surgery

Adhering to aftercare guidelines outlined by Dr. Derek Peek at Eastern Iowa Endodontics significantly contributes to a smooth and successful recovery following endodontic surgery.

Some aftercare tips may include:

  • Pain Management: Over-the-counter pain relievers or prescribed medications should be taken as directed by Dr. Peek to manage discomfort.
  • Swelling Reduction: Applying an ice pack to the affected area in intervals can help reduce swelling.
  • Rest: Avoid strenuous activities immediately after surgery to allow your body to heal properly.
  • Oral Hygiene: Maintain oral hygiene but avoid vigorous rinsing or touching the surgical site to prevent disruption of the healing process.
  • Dietary Considerations: Stick to soft, easy-to-chew foods initially, gradually transitioning to your regular diet as advised by Dr. Peek.


Why Choose Dr. Derek Peek As Your Root Canal Dentist?

Skill and Board Certification

Dr. Derek and male patientDr. Derek Peek embarked on a journey towards becoming a highly regarded board-certified endodontist, marked by specialized training and an unwavering commitment to excellence. Achieving the status of a Board-Certified endodontist signifies his rigorous dedication and expertise proven through successfully navigating all aspects of the certification process. 

Not all endodontists hold this prestigious certification. Dr. Peek continually strives for excellence, consistently updating his knowledge through ongoing education and advanced training to remain at the forefront of his field.

Active Engagement in Professional Organizations

Dr. Peek’s dedication to his profession extends to his active participation in esteemed organizations, including the American Board of Endodontics (ABE), the American Association of Endodontics (AAE), the American Dental Association (ADA), and the Iowa Dental Association (IDA). 

His involvement in these influential associations underscores his unwavering commitment to maintaining the highest standards of care and staying abreast of the latest advancements in endodontic practices.

Compassionate and Patient-Centric Care

Dr. Peek’s genuine passion for aiding others transcends into his dental practice. Every patient receives personalized attention and exemplary treatment. Schedule an appointment today and witness firsthand the profound impact that Dr. Peek and his dedicated team can have on your dental care journey.


Frequently Asked Questions

Is endodontic surgery painful?

No, endodontic surgery isn’t painful. Experiences vary among individuals, but discomfort during and after the end of the root canal procedure is manageable. Local anesthesia ensures you won’t feel pain during surgery, though mild soreness or discomfort might persist for a few days post-surgery. Dr. Peek and his team will provide detailed aftercare tips and instructions.

How long does endodontic surgery take?

The duration of endodontic surgery depends on the complexity of the case and the specific procedure. Generally, surgeries last between 30-60 minutes. Dr. Peek and his team will provide details about your root canal procedure’s expected duration at your consultation.

Does insurance cover endodontic surgery costs?

Insurance coverage for endodontic surgery often varies based on your insurance plan. Some plans offer coverage for certain aspects of the procedure, while others might not cover it entirely. Contact your insurance provider or the clinic’s administrative staff to clarify coverage details before the surgery.

How long is recovery after endodontic surgery?

Recovery time after endodontic surgery can differ from person to person. Typically, patients can expect some discomfort or mild swelling for a few days following the procedure. Complete recovery might take a few weeks, during which adherence to post-operative care instructions is crucial. 

Seamless Treatments from Our Caring Endodontic Specialists

At our practice, under the guidance of our esteemed board-certified endodontist, our skilled team offers unparalleled expertise, cutting-edge facilities, the latest technologies, and individualized patient care. Entrust Dr. Peek and his team with the utmost care and proficiency.

Take the initiative toward a healthier, pain-free smile by scheduling your endodontic consultation today. Reach us at (319) 382-8002. We welcome new and existing patients from all across Iowa.