Root Canal Dentistry in Windsor CT

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Many know of the agony an infected tooth can cause. Working with an endodontic specialist, you will experience a process that removes the infected tissue inside the tooth, effectively relieving discomfort. The tooth is then ready to be restored to full functionality. Do you need major restorative dental work? We have you covered!

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Located right off Exit 38 off I 91 in Windsor, Ct, New England Dental Center is committed to being your local, complete dental solution including orthodontics such as Invisalign and braces.  Established as a multispecialty group practice in 1980, we provide the dental care you need and deserve in one convenient location.  We want to help you begin your journey to a healthy and happy smile. 

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Root Canal Therapy

Root canal treatment — also called endodontics (“endo” – inside, “dont” – tooth) — is a set of specialized procedures designed to treat problems of the soft pulp (nerve) tissue inside the tooth. While some mistakenly think of it as an unusually painful treatment, in most cases the procedure is no more uncomfortable than getting teeth fillings in Windsor. It’s actually one of the most effective ways of relieving some kinds of tooth pain.

A root canal procedure becomes necessary when infection or inflammation develops in the pulp tissue of the tooth. Pulp tissue consists of blood vessels, connective tissue and nerve cells — which explains why a problem here may cause you to feel intense pain. In time, the pain may go away… at least temporarily. Without treatment, however, the infection won’t. It can lead to a dental abscess, and may even contribute to systemic problems in other parts of the body.

Root Canal Treatment Is Your Friend

We’ve all heard the gag: “I’d rather have a root canal…” This comedy line, comparing the procedure to something truly undesirable, may be funny — but putting off needed endodontic treatment is no joke. The idea that a root canal procedure invariably comes with complications and pain is a shopworn myth. It’s certainly true that infection or inflammation in the tooth’s pulp can be excruciatingly painful. But you should remember that having a root canal results in eliminating this acute pain and is not the cause of the pain. This is a good alternative from a tooth extraction, which may be necessary if your tooth completely dies.

Need another reason not to delay root canal treatment? How about this: A natural tooth that’s saved via root canal treatment and restoration helps you avoid the problems that commonly occur when teeth must be removed. These include unwanted tooth migration or shifting, which can lead to difficulties in chewing; the need for bridgework or dental implants, which may be costly and complicated; and even the eventual loss of bone structure from the area of the missing tooth.

Causes of Root Canal Problems

Root canal problems stem from infection and inflammation of the tooth’s pulp tissue. One potential cause of infection is deep tooth decay. Untreated dental cavities eventually allow bacteria to work their way down to the center of the tooth, where they may infect the pulp tissue. Another path by which bacteria may come into contact with pulp is via chipped or cracked teeth. Any opening in the protective enamel coating has the potential to allow bacteria access to the tooth’s pulp.

Trauma to the tooth — the kind that might result from a sports injury or automobile accident, for example — is also a major cause of pulp tissue damage. In this case, it’s essential to seek treatment immediately, both to try and save the tooth, and to prevent future problems.

In some cases, extensive dental work itself may cause damage to the pulp tissue that will need to be treated via a root canal. Having multiple fillings or restorations on the same tooth increases the chances of this type of injury. Occasionally, common procedures like crown preparation or orthodontics may eventually lead to root canal problems.

What to Expect During Root Canal Therapy

If an examination shows that you do need root canal therapy, don’t worry — it’s one of the most routine and effective procedures in the arsenal of dental treatments and can often be accomplished in just one visit.

The root canal process generally begins the same way as a filling does, and with no greater discomfort: an anesthetic is administered to numb the tooth and the surrounding area. For many patients, the worst is already over. You can take comfort in knowing that we have the top oral surgeons Windsor has to offer.

Next, a small opening is made in the surface of the affected tooth to give access to the pulp chamber and root canals. Tiny instruments are used, sometimes with the aid of a microscope, to remove the dead and dying pulp tissue from inside these narrow passageways. The chamber and empty canals are then cleaned, disinfected, and prepared to receive a filling of inert, biocompatible material. Finally, adhesive cement is used to seal the opening in the tooth, preventing future infection.

Following root canal treatment, your tooth may feel some sensitivity or tenderness for a few days. Over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen are generally effective in relieving discomfort, but prescription medications may also be given if needed. During this period, it may help to avoid biting hard on the affected tooth. All of these symptoms, however, should be temporary.

To further protect the tooth and restore it to full function, it’s usually necessary to have a crown or other restoration placed on it. Restorations can take many forms, from traditional gold crowns to tooth replicas made of high-tech tooth-colored material. In any case, you will have made an investment in preserving your dental health for years to come.

Signs and Symptoms of Root Canal Problems

How do you know when you need a root canal? Sometimes, it’s painfully obvious. If you feel constant and severe pain and pressure in your mouth, or noticeable swelling and extreme sensitivity in your gums, then it’s clear you need an evaluation and treatment right away. Another telltale symptom of pulp tissue damage is sharp pain when you bite down on food. Lingering pain after eating hot or cold foods is also an indication of potential trouble. If you notice any of these symptoms, you need to have an examination as soon as possible.

If you have a tooth that is damaged for injury of decay, stop the pain and see if you’re in need of a root canal. Call our Windsor, CT office today at (860) 688-3663.

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Dental Patient Review
Ken Fi

I just had a root canal performed and it was a great experience. The Doctor (Dr. Mainkar) and his assistant Svetlana were fabulous. They walked me through each step as the proceeded with the procedure and I felt no pain at all and even now as I write this review almost 12 hours later. To be honest, I was nervous going into this and they exhibited awesome customer care throughout. Also a shout out to also to the check in staff (Johanna) and Check out staff (Simone) as well. I am so glad I switched over to New England Dental Center.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do dentists knock you out for a root canal?

Anesthesia for Root Canal:

Local Anesthesia:

  • Commonly used to numb the tooth and surrounding area.
  • General anesthesia is not typically necessary for a routine root canal.

Do you have to be knocked out for a root canal?

Conscious During Root Canal:

Conscious Sedation:

  • Dentists use local anesthesia and sometimes offer conscious sedation.
  • Most patients remain awake and aware during the procedure.

Does someone need to drive me to a root canal?

Driving After Root Canal:

Varies by Patient:

  • Local anesthesia allows most patients to drive themselves.
  • Some may prefer a companion, especially if sedation is used.

Can I fall asleep during a root canal?

Sleep During Root Canal:

Conscious Sedation:

  • Sedation may induce drowsiness, but it’s not a deep sleep.
  • Patients are generally responsive during the procedure.

How painful is a root canal?

Pain Level During Root Canal:

Minimal Discomfort:

  • Local anesthesia ensures the procedure is virtually painless.
  • Post-treatment, mild discomfort is manageable with over-the-counter pain relievers.




What is the prep for a root canal?

Root Canal Preparation:

Diagnostic X-rays:

  • Dentist assesses the tooth’s condition.

Local Anesthesia:

  • Numbs the tooth and surrounding area.


  • Rubber dam isolates the tooth to keep it dry.

Access Opening:

  • Creates an opening to reach the pulp chamber.

How long does a root canal take?

Root Canal Duration:


  • Typically takes 1 to 2 hours.
  • Complexity and location of the tooth influence the duration.

How do you deal with root canal anxiety?

Managing Root Canal Anxiety:


  • Discuss fears with the dentist beforehand.

Relaxation Techniques:

  • Deep breathing or meditation during the procedure.

Sedation Options:

  • Conscious sedation may help ease anxiety.

Can I drive home after a root canal?

Driving After Root Canal:

Usually Possible:

  • With local anesthesia, most patients can drive themselves.
  • Confirm with the dentist, especially if sedation is used.

How do you relax before a root canal?

Relaxation Before Root Canal:

Deep Breathing:

  • Practice deep, calming breaths.


  • Bring headphones for music or listen to calming sounds.

Positive Visualization:

  • Envision a positive outcome to reduce anxiety.