Don’t Worry, It’s Just A Root Canal
- October 14, 2017
Halloween is coming up, and we know that many people find root canals far scarier than ghosts, ghouls, and goblins.
Root canals still retain an unfortunate reputation as being painful, awful experiences. The thing is, they don’t have to be that way.
At Gentle Dental Care, we can give you a root canal treatment that is pain-free.
You may have heard stories about bad root canals, but those probably were from people who had that procedure years and years ago. And they certainly didn’t come to our dentist office in Plainville, CT.
If you are experiencing a toothache or other symptoms of a tooth infection, don’t wait to get treated. Call us today at (860) 479-2397 or contact us online to request an appointment as soon as possible.
Practicing Pain-Free Dentistry Is What We Do
Dr. Thomas Peltzer has been as committed to patient comfort as he is to our patients’ oral health since he opened Gentle Dental Care.
And he didn’t choose that name by accident. As a child, he had a bad dental experience. When he decided to become a dentist himself, he wanted to do everything that he could to prevent his patients from having similar issues.
It has given him a passion for providing painless care as much as possible. He has completed countless hours of continuing education related to anesthesia and sedation dentistry. This includes achieving a Fellowship in Dental Anesthesiology at the Solis Surgical Arts Center, which is sponsored by the University of Southern California.
It’s fair to say Dr. Peltzer is one of the most highly trained sedation dentists in Connecticut.
Sedation dentistry combined with the advanced technology and techniques used in our office is why we are so confident that we can give you a pain-free root canal treatment.
When You Might Need A Root Canal
Root canal treatments are recommended both to end and to prevent tooth infections.
Tooth infections often arise as a result of untreated tooth day or gum disease.
Both of those problems start with bacteria that live in your mouth. If these bacteria are not removed (through daily brushing and flossing and regular professional dental cleanings), then they can start to eat into your tooth.
With tooth decay, the bacteria eats deeper and deeper into your tooth until it reaches the soft pulp, which is a connective tissue at the center of your teeth. With gum disease, the bacteria can attack the roots of your teeth. This also allows the bacteria to reach the root canals, which also contain pulp and are where blood vessels and nerves enter the tooth.
In either case, when the connective tissue is infected, it can become inflamed. This can cause increased sensitivity to hot or cold. It can lead to pain when you bite or chew, or it can lead to a lingering toothache that gets worse with time.
A broken or cracked tooth also can allow bacteria to reach the center of your tooth faster. Often a dental crown is enough to prevent an infection from developing. But if the break or crack is too deep, a root canal might be recommended to save you the pain of an infection before it can occur.
If you are experiencing any pain in your tooth, discoloration of one or more teeth, or swelling or tenderness in your gums, please make an appointment at Gentle Dental Care as soon as possible.
Getting A Pain-Free Root Canal
If you are already suffering from the pain of an infected tooth, we want to end it. We also don’t want to cause you any additional pain as we treat this problem.
This is where our expertise in sedation dentistry comes into play.
We offer multiple sedation options at our office. Many patients with dental anxiety receive nitrous oxide and oral sedation. For patients who may want something stronger, we also offer IV sedation.
Whichever form of sedation you receive, you can rest assured that you will remain pain-free throughout your root canal procedure. Sedation has the added benefit of helping to ease feelings of worry and anxiety.
While you are sedated, we can remove the infection and repair your tooth so you can get relief from your toothache.