Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy is one of the most effective general dental treatments available. If you have developed a dental infection, this treatment is typically the only way to prevent extraction. At the practice of Dr. Steven M. Balloch and Dr. Joshua Lomke, we use very gentle and precise techniques. Therefore, your minimal discomfort treatment will pose negligible risks. At the same time, we understand that you may feel anxious about your upcoming procedure. That is why we offer safe and effective sedation dentistry. Your doctor will explain more about the risks and benefits of root canal therapy at our Hartford, CT, practice. Then we can plan a custom, hassle-free treatment to save your smile.

What Is Root Canal Therapy?

A x-ray of an infected tooth that requires a root canal procedure We will typically recommend root canal therapy to save infected teeth. An infection develops when oral bacteria reaches the soft pulp inside your tooth. It can then travel down your dental nerves, which run through your root canals. During the treatment, also known as endodontic therapy, your dentist will clean all infected tissue, nerves, and blood vessels from inside your tooth. Dr. Balloch or Dr. Lomke will also clean out and smooth the inside of your root canals. After filling your tooth with a soft substance called gutta percha, your practitioner will fit you with a custom-made dental crown.

Root canal therapy is one of the most effective dental treatments available. If you have developed a dental infection, this treatment is typically the only way to prevent extraction.

The Benefits of Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy can have numerous benefits in addition to saving the tooth from extraction. Without care, the infection would significantly worsen. Bacteria would eventually destroy the entire structure of your tooth. At this point, you would require extraction and a dental restoration, such as a bridge or dental implant. The infection could also spread to your nearby teeth, weakening them and compromising your oral health. In even more severe cases, a life-threatening infection could develop in your jawbone. Root canal therapy will eliminate bacteria before it can compromise your overall dental health.

Additionally, endodontic treatment can improve your short-term comfort. Toothaches are one of the most common symptoms of dental infection. Often, inflammation can be quite severe, radiating across your face. It can also impact your oral function, and you may not be able to bite and eat normally. After a root canal, your toothache could subside almost immediately.

The Risks of Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy poses virtually no risks, especially when you visit an experienced dentist. Our team uses meticulous techniques that will keep bacteria from spreading to other parts of your body. At the same time, root canal therapy has a common, though unwarranted, reputation for being quite unpleasant. This misconception can make many patients feel nervous about their treatment. If you suffer from dental phobia, we can provide nitrous oxide to help you feel at ease. This odorless, colorless gas is more commonly known as “laughing gas.” It will make you deeply relaxed and even mildly giddy during your treatment. Thanks to our sedation dentistry, your root canal will be over before you know it, and you will return home toothache-free.

Contact Us to Schedule an Appointment

If you are suffering from the symptoms of a root canal infection, we encourage you to call our office at  (860) 659-8660 as soon as possible. You can also contact our office online to schedule your consultation.