Root Canals Specialist

Family Dental Care of Rocky Hill

Family Dentists located in Rocky Hill, CT

A root canal might seem scary, but it’s actually a relatively simple procedure that causes no more discomfort than a dental filling. The dentists perform gentle, safe, and effective root canals at Family Dental Care of Rocky Hill. To find out more about how Family Dental Care of Rocky Hill can restore your oral health with a root canal, call the office in Rocky Hill, Connecticut.

Root Canals Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a procedure that restores a damaged, decayed, or infected tooth by removing its pulp.

The pulp is the inner tissue of your tooth that contains mostly nerves, connective tissue, and blood vessels, making it a very sensitive area. Infected pulp is incredibly painful since it causes swelling that pinches the nerves within. 

By only removing the offending tissue, a root canal restores your oral health with a procedure that’s far more conservative than an extraction.

What are the symptoms associated with damaged pulp?

You might need a root canal if you’re noticing any of these symptoms:

  • Intense toothache
  • Darkening or discoloration in your tooth
  • Increased sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Unpleasant taste in your mouth
  • Pus around your gumline
  • A small pimple (abscess) on your gums

Infected and damaged tooth pulp doesn’t always produce noticeable symptoms, however. This is why it’s important for your dentist to regularly monitor your oral health with routine dental exams.

How does the treatment work?

Your dentist creates a small opening in the top of your tooth to remove all of the infected tissue within. Then, using a series of small files, your damaged dental pulp is removed. 

After your tooth has erupted through the gums, your pulp doesn’t serve much of a purpose beyond enabling you to feel hot and cold sensations, so removing it doesn’t harm your tooth, and it prevents the spread of further infection. 

With the offending pulp removed, your dentist fills the empty pulp chamber with a rubber-like substance called gutta-percha and uses a dental filling to seal the access hole in your tooth. Finally, your tooth is fitted with a crown to provide added strength and support.

Are root canals painful?

Many people think of root canals as painful, but that reputation is largely exaggerated. Family Dental Care of Rocky Hill uses local anesthetics to keep your mouth numb throughout your treatment, and they can administer a variety of other sedative options to minimize any additional discomfort and alleviate anxiety. Your root canal is no more uncomfortable than a dental filling procedure. 

Don’t let your infected tooth get any worse and spread. Schedule a root canal by phone with Family Dental Care of Rocky Hill today.