Root Canals- What They Are and Why You Should Not Fear Them

There’s that dreaded word again…root canal treatment. The fact is millions of root canals are performed every day, completely comfortably, in one visit. At Gentle Dental Care in CT we perform root canals every day in our office and we honestly cannot remember  the last time there was a problem. Our expertise at Sedation Dentistry will make this potentially scary treatment a breeze for you.

Sedation Dentistry and Root Canal Therapy

Thomas Peltzer, DMD’s skill and training allows him to perform sedation dentistry for you so you’re not even aware of the root canal process and remember nothing afterwards. Can it get any easier for you? You don’t even have to go running around to different offices to achieve your needed dentistry. We can do it all! All while you are safely sedated and monitored. Dr. Peltzer is gentle and caring and understands your fears.

After we perform root canal therapy at Gentle Dental Care in Plainville, CT, the most common patient remark is “wow, that was much easier than I thought it would be!”

A Simple Process

Root canals are tiny passageways that branch off from beneath the top of the tooth, coursing their way vertically downward, until they reach the tip of the root.

All teeth have between one and four root canals.

Many tooth problems involve infections that spread to the pulp, which is the inner chamber of the tooth containing blood vessels, nerves and other tissues. When the infection becomes worse, it can begin affecting the roots. A traumatic injury to a tooth can also compromise the pulp, leading to similar problems.

A diseased inner tooth brings a host of problems including pain and sensitivity as the first indications of a problem.  However, inside a spreading infection can cause small pockets of pus to develop, which can lead to an abscess.

Root Canals at Gentle Dental Care in CT Have a 99% Success Rate

Root canal therapy is a remarkable treatment with a very high rate of success, and involves removing the diseased tissue, halting the spread of infection and restoring the healthy portion of the tooth. In fact, root canal therapy is designed to save a problem tooth; before the procedure was developed and gained acceptance, the only alternative for treating a diseased tooth was extraction.

Following root canal therapy, it is essential to have a crown placed on the root canal treated tooth to prevent breakage of the tooth. Many times when people say “root canals don’t work for me” what they are in fact saying is that they never had their root canal treated tooth capped (crowned) and their tooth broke.


Modern, state-of-the art root canal therapy usually entails one visit. During your visit, a small opening is made through the top of the tooth and into the inner chamber. Diseased tissue is removed, the inner chamber cleansed and disinfected, and the tiny canals reshaped. The cleansed chamber and canals are filled with an elastic material and medication designed to prevent infection. If necessary, the opening is temporarily filled until a permanent seal is made with a crown.

Most patients who have root canals experience little or no discomfort or pain when modern methods are used by a skilled dentist, and enjoy a restored tooth that can last almost as long as its healthy original. That’s what you want isn’t it?

Visit us at www.ConnecticutSedation or call 860-747-5711 in CT at 87 East Street (route 10), Plainville, CT 06062. Dr Peltzer is a member of the prestigious American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists (ASDA) and the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology ADSA) and we welcome new patients.

About Dr. Thomas J. Peltzer, DMD

Dr. Peltzer is a Sedation Dental Specialist serving patients throughout the state of CT, MA, RI and NY.
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