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By Family Dental Care
July 18, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canals  

Root CanalIf your dentist says you may need a root canal, it can be a shock, especially if you are not experiencing a toothache. However, knowing the early signs of teeth decay will allow you to spot your symptoms early and in some cases even avoid a root canal altogether. Learn more about spotting the early signs of teeth decay and the signs you may need a root canal with Dr. Edward Pergiovanni and Dr. Mary Pergiovanni at Family Dental Care in Rocky Hills, CT.

How does teeth decay work? 
Teeth decay begins as bacteria which clings to the outside of the tooth. As bacteria builds up, it hardens into plaque, a sticky white substance. You can remove plaque with proper brushing and flossing techniques. However, once plaque hardens into tartar, it begins eating through the tooth and can only be removed during a professional dental cleaning. Though the tooth’s outer layers do not have any nerves, meaning they do not produce pain signals, you will begin to feel tooth pain and discomfort once the decay reaches the inner pulp chamber, which houses the tooth’s blood vessels and nerves.

Spotting Teeth Decay Early 
The earliest sign of teeth decay is plaque, which hardens into tartar. Plaque is a white, sticky substance which you can remove by brushing and flossing using the proper techniques. You may notice it on your floss as you move it between the teeth. Tartar looks like a brown substance on the tooth, resembling a stain, and begins along the gum line. If allowed to remain on the teeth, these early signs of decay will turn into a cavity, which looks like a black or brown spot or hole in the tooth. Unexplained bad breath or strange taste in your mouth and sensitivity to hot and cold are other early signs of decay. If you feel the pain of a toothache, the decay is too advanced to be treated with a dental filling and will require a root canal.

Root Canal Therapy in Rocky Hills, CT
Root canals remove the inner tissue and nerves of a heavily decayed or damaged tooth. After eliminating the infection, your dentist will refill the tooth’s inner portion with filling material to restore its structure. A dental crown placed over the tooth stabilizes the large filling against every day use and helps prevent damage in the future.

For more information on root canals or spotting decay in its earliest stages, please contact Dr. Edward Pergiovanni and Dr. Mary Pergiovanni at Family Dental Care in Rocky Hills, CT. Call (860) 721-9002 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!


Dr. Mary Pergiovanni has been named the 2017 recipient of the Hartford Dental Society Dr. James & Ella Burr McManus Award


Dr. Mary Pergiovanni receives the 2017 Hartford Dental Society James and Ella Burr McManus Award


Dr. Ed and Dr. Mary Pergiovanni recently volunteered for their 9th Connecticut Mission of Mercy Dental Clinic. Click on the link below to see Dr. Mary featured in a news clip which aired on NBC30.
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