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Root Canal

A root canal infection can cause a great deal of pain and lead to other uncomfortable oral health issues.

Root canal therapy from Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry of Connecticut can relieve your pain and restore the health of your smile.

Learn how cutting-edge techniques make root canals comfortable and effective for Hamden, East Haven, and Branford, CT, patients.

Contact Us Now If You're In Pain

Pain in your tooth or gums may be a sign of a root canal infection. Without quick attention from a dentist or endodontist, the infection can worsen, and tooth extraction may be the only remedy. The team at Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry of Connecticut can identify the source of your pain and provide treatment to end it. 

While endodontists specialize in treating issues of the tooth pulp, our dentists stay up-to-date on the latest techniques and technology used to perform root canals. We can alleviate your pain quickly and effectively without having to refer out to a specialist. 

To request a root canal therapy appointment at our Hamden, CT, office, contact us online or call:

(203) 287-0666

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A Closer Look at a Root Canal Infection

Diagram of root canal infection, showing infected pulp and abbcess forming on the gums

Even one small cavity can allow bacteria to seep into the pulp chamber of a tooth, causing a root canal infection. If left untreated, a root canal infection can cause great pain and spread to the rest of your body. 

Signs You Have a

Root Canal Infection

Watch for These Symptoms

  • Bad breath
  • Large cavities
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Pain in your teeth or gums
  • Swelling in your gums or face
  • Persistent bad taste in your mouth
  • Lingering sensitivity to heat and cold

Request Root Canal Treatment

At Our Hamden, East Haven, or Branford, CT, Offices

You may think that you no longer need dental treatment if your pain or sensitivity has gone away on its own. However, this may simply mean that the roots in your tooth have died. Your tooth pulp can still be infected, and the infection can still spread.

Even if your symptoms have resolved, you should still request a consultation at our Branford, East Haven, or Hamden, CT, dental offices. By identifying and treating your root canal infection, our dentists can save you from needing more comprehensive dental care down the road. 

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We Can Help Keep Your Treatment Affordable

Restorative dentistry procedures, like root canal treatment, are typically covered at least in part by insurance. We'll work with your provider to make sure you get the most from your coverage. We also accept flexible financing through CareCredit® to help you get the treatment you need while accommodating your budget. 

Root Canal Therapy Can Protect Your Budget

Since an infected tooth puts so much of your oral and overall health at risk, failing to receive root canal therapy in a timely manner can eventually compromise your safety and lead to far more costly procedures. 

You may need to pay for invasive surgical interventions to save other teeth that are impacted by the infected one. A severely compromised tooth will require extraction and a dental restoration to fill the gap in your smile. Delaying treatment can also lead to gum disease. These treatments can all be pricey to take care of, and may require multiple follow-up visits to endodontists or other specialists.

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"I couldn't write a better recommendation if I wanted too. It was my three year old daughter's first time at the dentist and the second she walked in to the second she walked out, she was treated as if she was the president. The staff and everyone there was so good to my daughter and also myself and my wife. The dentists were thorough and informative and did a great job. I couldn't recommend a dentist office enough!" Lawrence Cifarelli - 5-Star Review, 2023

What to Expect During Your Root Canal Treatment At our Hamden, East Haven, or Branford dental offices

Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry of Connecticut offers sedation to keep you comfortable and relaxed during root canal treatment. Thanks to our in-office milling system, we can crown your tooth immediately after your root canal.
Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry of Connecticut offers sedation to keep you comfortable and relaxed during root canal treatment. Thanks to our in-office milling system, we can crown your tooth immediately after your root canal.


After examining your teeth and taking advanced scans and digital X-rays, your dentist will recommend the most effective plan for your dental health concerns. If you have an infection in your root canal, we will determine if root canal therapy or tooth extraction is the right course of treatment for you. If you do require extraction, we can replace your tooth with a dental implant and a natural-looking restoration.

Administering Anesthetic

Local anesthetic will be administered at the treatment site to keep the procedure as comfortable as possible. If you have dental anxiety or sensitivity, sedation can help you stay relaxed throughout your treatment.

Removing the Pulp

Your dentist will create a small opening in the crown of your tooth. The diseased pulp, nerves, and blood vessels will be removed through this opening.

Draining the Abscess

If you have an abscess near the root of your tooth, your dentist will drain it to relieve any pain and swelling.

Sterilizing the Root Canals

After the pulp is removed from the tooth, your dentist will sterilize the inner chamber.

Finishing Touches

Your dentist will fill the sterilized chamber with a natural rubber-like material. This will restore your ability to bite and chew and support the natural tooth structure. Some patients will require a dental crown for extra tooth support. Because we have our own in-office milling system, your custom crown can be finished during the same appointment as your root canal.

Our Ability to Offer an Immediate Crown
Deserves Special Attention

Many Connecticut dental practices do not have the capability to craft customized crowns and place them immediately after a root canal. As such, they often have to refer their patients to other practices and instruct them to behave cautiously while they wait for their permanent crown and chew food on the side of the mouth that was not treated. 

We believe this puts an unnecessary burden on patients. By offering an immediate crown right after a root canal, our Hamden-based team eliminates pain and allows patients to leave our office with a fully restored, healthy smile.

Benefits of Saving the Natural Tooth

Some patients operate under the unfortunate but common misconception that extracting an infected tooth is smarter than receiving root canal therapy. They believe that removing the tooth entirely is a simpler option than selectively removing the bacteria and pulp. Our dental experts must stress saving the natural tooth is the right decision, whenever possible.

Although our dental restorations are durable and lifelike, nothing can 100% replicate the function, appearance, and protection offered by a natural tooth. Retaining your natural tooth will maintain organic chewing force and ability. Since tooth loss can lead to jaw atrophy, extracting a traumatized tooth can also weaken your jawbone and lead to tooth shifting and further problems.

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Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry of Connecticut

Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry of Connecticut, led by Dr. Aaron Gross, is proud to offer top-of-the-line dental care for patients in HamdenEast HavenBranford, and the greater New Haven County region. Our modern office is equipped with the most advanced technology in the industry to ensure superior treatment results and better oral health. We are affiliated with several trusted organizations, including:

  • American Dental Association
  • Connecticut State Dental Association
  • New Haven Dental Association
  • World Clinical Laser Institute

Request a consultation today by filling out our online form or calling (203) 287-0666.

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