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In many cases, a root canal, more appropriately called endodontic treatment, is the most effective way to save a tooth that has become decayed, infected, or traumatized in some way. Rather than extract the offending tooth, a root canal treatment removes the pulp of the tooth, enabling the tooth itself to continue to function normally–minus the pain and the initial problem.
See your Huntington Family Dental Group dentist in Shelton to ensure you get the care you need to avoid an unnecessary tooth extraction.
What exactly is a root canal?
A root canal involves removal of the soft tissue pulp that lies just below the tooth’s hard surface, called enamel or dentin. This pulp holds the tooth’s nerves and blood vessels so necessary for tooth growth during development.
Sometimes, the pulp becomes damaged due to infection, decay, or trauma. In other cases, a tooth may just be poorly positioned. In either case, the soft tissue pulp will need to be removed once it becomes inflamed or infected. Otherwise, it can lead to pain and swelling, or if left untreated, possibly even an abscess.
The Root Canal Procedure
If your dentist decides you need a root canal, this infected, but non-essential pulp will be removed so that the area can be disinfected. After disinfection, the pulp will be replaced with gutta-percha, a soft, safe, rubber-like material. Once the area heals, your tooth should function normally again. Even without the problem pulp, the tooth will continue to receive nourishment from the surrounding tissue.
The Benefits of a Root Canal
A root canal should improve both the appearance and the functionality of a formerly infected or damaged tooth. After a successful endodontic procedure, you should find you are able to bite and chew just as you did before your tooth experienced problems. Equally important, saving the problem tooth helps prevent undue stress on the teeth surrounding it.
What To Expect During a Root Canal
The type of endodontic therapy you need depends on where the problem tooth is located—anterior tooth, posterior tooth or molar–and how serious the trauma, infection or inflammation is. Typically, a root canal treatment will be completed in one to two office visits.
Root Canal Retreatment
In some cases, a root canal may become re-infected. If this happens, you will require a second root canal, called a root canal retreatment. This second procedure helps promote healing by ensuring a proper healing environment.
How to tell if you need a root canal?
The overwhelming clue as to whether or not you need a root canal treatment is pain. Once a tooth becomes traumatized or infected, the area surrounding it will swell and become red. You may also experience difficulty chewing or biting. In some cases, a broken tooth may expose the nerve.
Whatever the case, the most likely indication that you need treatment will be tooth pain. If you have specific questions about a root canal treatment, ask your Huntington Family Dental Group dentist for guidance. He or she will explain your options in detail.
How uncomfortable is a root canal?
Often the subject of jokes, a root canal is actually a fairly routine dental procedure. Your Huntington Family Dental Group dentist will discuss the procedure and sedation options with you beforehand, as well as any special care instructions you’ll need to follow afterward.
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I have been a patient of Dr. Sal for over 35 years! He is terrific, always puts me at ease and works with my other physical issues to make me comfortable. All staff from my hygienist (Alisha), to (Laura) dental assistant to the office staff have always been extremely kind and friendly. No matter how far or near I have worked I have always stayed with Dr. Sal and Huntington Family Dental … TH…
Dr Sal is the best! Always a good experience and great results. Dental hygienist Laura was awesome, too.
Greeted by Laura in the waiting room. Had Maria for a thorough cleaning. Exam from Dr. Sal. Insurance and fee discussion with Marie and Francesca. From start to finish, the experience was warm and professional. And that is exactly why I have been going to Huntington Family Dental for 40 years.
Fabulous! I was so anxious about my oral surgery yesterday and was very impressed with the chairside manner and skills of Dr. Art Adams! He and his team were angels sent from above! He called me last evening to check on me and again offered his home phone number if I needed him…very impressive! I highly recommend Dr.Adams for any periodontal surgery or care.
We have been patients at Huntington Family Dental for a long time. The doctors are very skilled and highly credentialed and attentive to their patients by delivering excellent care. The staff is exceptional. I would highly recommend this practice for all of your dental needs. Huntington Family Dental goes above and beyond for each of their patients.
What a GREAT dentist office. The best staff you could ask for!! They always have the latest and greatest technology!! I have been coming here for about 7 years now – and I love it! It’s pretty awesome when you don’t mind going to the dentist! Thanks Dr. Sal, Laura, Krystyn, Liz, Maria, and Diane…You guys rock!
Friendly and professional environment. They go out of their way to make you feel at home. They handle all the interaction with the insurance company. You can say you enjoyed your visit there!
I love this place. The Doctor’s and staff are great and very friendly and knowledgeable. I’ve only had great experiences. They are simply AMAZING!
The staff made my 7 year old so comfortable during a procedure he was very scared to go through. He was so happy at the end that he asked if he could go back the next day and do it again. Thank you HFDG!
I had a difficult situation where I caused damage to teeth needing root canals. The situation was handled we excellent compassion and professionalism. All the staff at Huntington Family Dental Group are friendly and caring!
Super friendly staff; highly recommended for people with fear of dentists…like me :)
To much good stuff to say about this group… no longer do I say I hate going to the dentist. Last dental group I went to wanted to was quick to recommend an expensive solution… Huntington Family Dental said I needed to improve my home care (better brush and floss) to get healthy gums before I cold proceed. 100% looking out for my best interest!
I broke a temporary bridge, and called to get it repaired/replaced. Dr Sal made time for me with 2 hours of my call and spent an hour repairing the bridge. Excellent job as always, and excellent response time. Thanks HFDG.
Dr Bethany, Laura, and Liz are awesome!
The HFDG is one of the best things in Huntington. They are compassionate, professional and always on the leading edge of what’s new and what’s best. Dr. Sal has been my dentist for more years than I care to admit. I have complete confidence in him and his staff. He is truly amazing in his technique and his knowledge. The front office crew are very competent and understanding, they take…
Great place, great people! Choice of rinse flavors!
friendly staff, on time, very comfortable cleaning
The staff there is wonderful!
Good work, always take me on time.
Great service a very courteous and professional staff
Excellent services and great people!
Friendly staff and they really take time to know their patients. They do a great job.
I went to Dr Sal for an implant and it went very smooth. Had no pain at all and if I had any discomfort he stopped to make sure I was okay. Very caring Dr best experience I’ve had. Recommend him for everyone!!!
Huntington Dental is professional. clean, and surrounded by caring staff. Dr. Sal, Laura, and all are great.
Dr Bethany, Laura, and Liz are awesome!
I have been a long time client of Dr. Greg and Dr. Sal since the mid 70’s when they first opened their office in Huntington and I can tell you that I have always, always have received the best care. I would recommend them and their great staff to anyone in search of a great dental practice!
The staff at Huntington Family Dental makes you feel comfortable and everyone knows going to the dentist is not always a pleasant experience however I look forward to going there. The quality of workmanship is awesome and they take the time to explain each step of your treatment with you. I highly recommend them.
We’ve been going to Huntington Family Dental since we moved to Shelton 8 years ago, and we love them so much that we plan to continue using them even though we’re moving to Monroe soon. We’ve never felt that they’ve tried to oversell us on services or tried to get us to do anything we didn’t need. We also started taking our kids to them when they were around 1 (they…
I’ve avoided the dentist for quite a few years and finally made an appointment with Huntington Family Dental Group. I am so glad I found them…they have taken away my fear of the dentist! They truly go above and beyond for their patients and everyone I’ve met has been so nice. They do an excellent job of explaining things and it is definitely the best experience I have had at any…
I have been going to Huntington Family Dental for 36 years now. This is the very best dental office in the state. I highly recommend this dental office.
Expert oral care – easy to get to and wonderful, caring service always!
By far, the best dental group I’ve been to. Always friendly, very up-to-date with services, asking all the pertinent information and listening to my questions/concerns. I found them by accident, but glad it worked in my favor.
Just had an implant done. Dr. Sal is great. Much easier and more pleasant experience then expected
If you have to go to the dentist which is not usually a pleasant experience….then go to them. Always walk out with an awesome smile. They have done cleanings to fillings for me and never have anything but a pleasant experience.
Always a good experience here. Very friendly staff. Always running on time. Convenient hours. Quick response to concerns.
Very professional, very friendly and i would recommend to anyone i see! Very through.
Great dental experience. Everyone here is so friendly and makes you feel at ease all the time. I definitely recommend this dental group. Dr Sal is the best.
I came for my first visit frantic upon losing my crown. My regular dentist was unavailable so I was referred to Huntington Dental Group. The staff took a stressful situation and brought me ease and peace. They were professional yet warm as if reuniting with friends helping you through a hard time. They were gentle when letting me know the route of action would be extraction and they were efficient…
After neglecting dental visits for years due to chronic pain from degenerative disc disease and fear I somehow found HFDG and its been the best dental experience of my life for the last 5 years. Top notch dentistry and state of the art equipment at its finest, but the sincerity and care for the patient’s total trust and comfort can’t be taught or bought, it comes from the soul. Dr. Sal…
My family and I have been going to HFD for almost 10 years now and we love it. The staff is super friendly, thanks to my favorite Hygentists, Maria and Alisha. Also, Chantelle who handles the insurance and billing is always on top of the things – she’s the best.
Excellent care in friendly, relaxing atmosphere makes visits enjoyable! Have provided my dental care for years and will continue to do so.
Maria is top notch!
I love it here everyone treated me very well
Maria was great as usual. Look forward to next cleaning. A++++
Awesome as usual
Excellent service, pleasant experience and great cleaning; thank you Maria! Enjoyed meeting your new Doctor. She is knowledgeable and thorough.
I always look forward to going to Huntington Family Dental! The expertise, atmosphere, reliability, friendliness, and care make for a comfortable, enjoyable experience which can’t be duplicated anywhere else on the planet! If I had better dental insurance, I would be there all the time – replacing old fillings, getting my crowns, etc.!!! Thanks and kudos to the wonderful hygienists (sh…
The Huntington Family Dental Group is a very caring and thorough Dentistry practice. They are very knowledgeable with the most updated Dentistry techniques available to the patient. Their staff is always friendly as well as all the dentists that practice there. I’ve been going for 18 years and highly recommend them.
As always, I was treated with care and respect. Love Allison. She got me in and out efficiently and made the expereince of a teeth cleaning, pleasant in every way.
Everything was excellent as usual!
The care,compassion, and expertise offered at HFD is exactly how they are; truly a family atmosphere !
As always. Excellent.
It is always a pleasure coming to have my teeth cleaned by Maria.
Great experience as always.
Initial rating sent incomplete and in error, I’m sorry. As far as skill and professionalism goes, EVERYONE there is at the top of their game, and it shows. Between using the the most sophisticated /modern equipment with an enthusiastic approach to your care, impressive and caring are words I think of. Ten stars would be more accurate.
Best dentist office ever – I have never enjoyed and appreciated a dentist’s office before this. All staff is friendly and professional. I highly recommend!
Appointment to treat an unexpected cavity starting on a tooth holding an anchor post for my upper denture. Appointment started on time. As always, Dr. Sal and his staff provided top notch treatment both in the chair and in the front office. I particularly appreciate that I can discuss both treatment and office matters with any of the staff in an open manner without concern about any inquiry or con…
I enjoy coming in for all my work. The people are great and the care is wonderful.
U guys r the best!Thank u so much!
Huntington Dental is exceptional. I have 4 kids and going to the dentist can be challenging with all of them. Huntington Dental staff is knowledgeable, confident, attentive and warm to make our dental visits as easy as possible. Just this past week my son was getting surgery in one room while the rest of the kids had their teeth cleaned…and everyone was calm and still smiling at the end!! We…
It is a very professional and excellent Dental group. Anything you would need to get done medically can be performed by the various doctors and dentist and staff in the family group.
Thanks to Maria–a great hygienist! And my congratulations to the staff for hiring the new Indian physician who examined me, very professional, and friendly. I was even able to share with her about our Indian brothers and sisters and what important roles they played in our lives.
Very pleasant and professional experience. (My review of a previous visit that was more negative now appears to have been an isolated personnel issue.)
I am a always treated with great respect and care at HFDG . I was made very comfortable. Each step of the procedure was explained to me and Dr Sal has magic hands and he is compassionate to my apprehensions. Together Dr Sal and his assistant are a great team and asset to HFDG
Always an enjoyable visit. Maria does a great job!!!
Always a good experience. Had an unexpected service yesterday and Dr Sal would not let me go until things were perfect.
Good experience they hygienist was excellent!
Had an infected molar removed. An unpleasant experience at best, but it went quite well, all things considered.
Great service, found everyone caring and helpful.
Everyone at HFD treats you with respect, kindness and gentleness as well as outstanding dental care. The best dentists and team around!
Very happy with the services and was conciderate of our time since we had a place to be shortly after the appointment.
I was very impressed with all the personal attention and the up to date technology. Everyone was great!
Very positive experience!! Went in a little nervous for two crowns, and, thanks to Dr. Sal and Laura, came out “a happy camper”!
They are so great with both of my girls! I often go for my appointment’s with both kids and the staff is so understanding and helpful with the kids while I get my teeth cleaned. The kids love going and are never afraid of their visits, I attribute this to the fact that everyone there has a great bedside manor. Couldn’t be happier with this practice.
Never had a bad experience in the 20+ years. Friendly and full of smiles. And always helpful.
Less than 5 minute wait time, Maria is always so friendly and happy. She really helps put you at ease. Met one of the new females dentist who recently joined the practice and she was extremely nice and down to earth also.
Dr. Sal and his team do a great job caring for me and my teeth!
Everyone was attentive and caring
Service was great! Everyone’s super nice and helpful!
I always have a good experience @ Huntington Family Dental Group! My family and I have been going so there so long there are always many familiar smiling faces. Diane, my hygienist is a doll. Always pleasant during my check up. I liked the new Dentist as well.
Dr. Bethany and Allison made the process of fillings as simple and painless as possible. I thank them both for keeping the vibe light and making it all happen quickly.
Very accommodating and professional staff. A congenial environment.
Everyone at Huntington Family Dental treats you like family. Talk about a place making you feel comfortable and valued!
I came for my quarterly cleaning and saw Maria as usual. Maria was very through. Does an excellent job cleaning and explaining how to maintain my oral health. She has my best interest in mind. Thank you Maria and see you in the fall….. Audrey
Amazing appointment as always! Dr. Bethany is wonderful and look forward to my fillings later this week!
I had a Wonderful experience. Dyan was very gentle and professional. Always nice to see friendly smiling faces with a positive outlook. Always a pleasure….
Very friendly and helpful staff; they make you feel very comfortable and explain things in details before doing anything. Dr. Sal is great!
Had an issue with a tooth that cropped up over 4th of July weekend. Called morning following for an appointment and was fitted in with Dr. Graziano within the hour! For me, this is the kind of consideration that makes Huntington Family Dental Group stand out from the crown.
I had my cleaning with Donna and she’s the greatest!!
Maria is terrific always informing me on ways to care for my teeth – dr Sal is great as always
Everyone is very kind and helpful and the doctors are very good and gentle while doing dental work
I cannot say enough good things about the HFDG. Everyone is exceptionally helpful – from the front office staff to the back office (hygienists, etc.) staff. I always appreciate the way in which everyone treats me – and continue to do so. While I know all the hygienists are highly experienced, I am seen by RoDonna Kokenos who is not only a top-notch dental hygienist (I always come away…
Always a great time for me! LOL – I actually look forward to my visits. I try to maintain the same hygienist, as that allows a continuity of care, and I have to say, my hygienist is fantastic!
Have gone to this group for about thirty years. Have gone to others, they do not hold a candle to HFG. Maria the hygienist is the best and should be made a partner. Very perky, very caring and very, very good at what she does.
Seen on time, pleasant, knowledgeable hygienist. Questions asked were answered completely. All staff are courteous and friendly.
Always excellent service and today was above and beyond. The office accommodated me with my schedule.
My experience is always wonderful. In every aspect of my visit I am regarded as patient # 1. Thank you to all members of the incredible team.
Taken on-time, excellent cleaning!
Great service, friendly, appointments taken on-time, great work.
Fantastic, knowledgeable, & caring staff. :)
I went there for my appointment. My experience is wonderful and those people are very kind and friendlier in there. I do recommended to other that they should go there. I would give a A* on their report.
I have been coming here for many years. They are very professional in every thing they do.
Wonderful care and concern, best dentist skills there are. They make going to the dentist pleasant!!Thank you
Its a family and they treat you like a family.
As usual, I was happy to be greeted by the friendly staff when I arrived for my cleaning/check up. I have been going to this group for years and wouldn’t think of going anywhere else! I have also recommended these dentists to many friends over the years and will continue to do so.
Terrific. Wonderful hygienist!
Great practice. Fantastic doctors and a great team. Have been going here for years. Great place to get Invisalign!
Friendly staff appointments always on time
Maria was very professional and though. I always enjoy seeing her for my quarterly cleaning.
My overall experience was nothing but positive. Your staff is kind and caring.
Great office and friendly staff! I’ve been coming to Huntington for years and have never had a bad experience. Thanks so much for making a trip to the dentist such an enjoyable experience! I wouldn’t hesitate to (and have) recommend Huntington to my friends and family.
Professional, friendly, awesome work.
Very good experience and look forward to bringing my girls back.
Clean, professional, friendly. Definitely recommend.
Growing up going to the dentist was my least favorite thing. Since i started going to Huntington Family Dental Group i enjoy dental visits now and am much happier with my smile! Thanks to a great staff!
Always a great experience. Drs Greg and Sal are not only great guys but extremely knowledgeable and talented in there fields. Laura does a terrific job as well and always makes my day.
Very professional and helpful. They also take care of my son. At the last moment my son needed two small baby teeth pulled ( found during a regular cleaning visit) and they took care of this issue on that visit.
The dentists and staff are great! Always a pleasant visit. The team is very professional, knowlegeable, easy, kind and accommodating. Their price is also fair and reasonable.
I have been going to Huntington for a few years and am always extremely satisfied with all aspects of the practice. The staff is very professional and super friendly. The hygienists and dentists are all very knowledgeable and attentive. I would highly recommend this practice to anyone.
Dr. Sal and his team were fantastic dealing with my fear and anxiety. They made my first ( and hopefully only ) root canal as problem free as possible. Being able to watch, and see the TV with headphones was a big help. The energy healing was helpful. Two days later I have very minimal pain and hopefully on the road to mending. I appreciate the bedside manner so much and have already recommended t…
Great group that delivers excellent results every time. I’ve been going for over 25 years without a complaint.
Great dental office. The staff were super friendly. The hygienist was very thorough. The office it self was very clean & well kept. I would definitely recommend this place to friends & family.
Entirely pleasant and painless `removal’ for a crown. I deeply appreciated Dr. Sal’s check-up call around dinner time the same day, to see how I was doing. That was particularly thoughtful, especially coming from their busy office at the end of a long day for the dentists and staff. I always get excellent care from the Huntington Family Dental Group. Sincerely, Diane K R Jowdy
The staff is very friendly. I didn’t wait any longer than 5 minutes before I was taken in the back for my cleaning. Doctors there are great and very thorough, I would recommend them to whoever is looking for a good dentist.
My hygenist today was Angela. She was professional; she listened to my concerns conveyed them to Dr. Greg, and he was able to make recommendations based on his exam and her input. They worked well as a team. The entire office staff is welcoming, concerned, and always courteous and professional.