Oscar Gonzalez, DDS

1340 Boulevard
West Hartford, CT 06119

(860) 383-7564

Dentist in West Hartford

West Hartford Dentist

Root Canals

Why do I need one?

West Hartford Root CanalsThe pulp, or soft inner tissue is important during the tooth's development. Once a tooth is fully mature, the tooth can survive without the pulp because the tooth is nourished by tissues surrounding it. The pulp is normally surrounded and protected by a layer of dentin.

Above the gumline, the dentin is protected by a layer of enamel; below the gum-line the dentin is covered by cementum. When a crack or cavity destroys these protective layers, the pulp is exposed to irritants and bacteria in your mouth. This can result in inflammation then infection, and, eventually, an abscess. Periodontal (gum) disease or a severe blow to the tooth can also damage the pulp. Endodontic therapy removes the damaged pulp and usually the tooth returns to a healthy condition.

If an abscess was present before treatment the healing process may take up to 2 years.

Office Hours

Monday: 8 am - 5 pm
Tuesday: 8 am - 5 pm
Wednesday:8 am - 5 pm
Thursday:8 am - 5 pm
Friday: Closed


Office Info

1340 Boulevard
West Hartford, CT 06119
Phone: (860) 383-7564