Endodontic Dental Procedure (Root Canal)

Endodontic procedure is another way of referring to a root canal.  This is the treatment your dentist uses to clean infection from the inside of the tooth and prevent future infections.  (The word endodontic comes from the Greek words meaning “inside” and “tooth”).

When a tooth has a deep cavity or is cracked, bacteria can get into the pulp tissue located inside the tooth and the germs can cause infection.  If left untreated, a collection of pus may form causing pain and swelling.  Not only can this injure the jawbone and adversely affect your overall health, but the infection can also result in the tooth having to be removed.

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Here are some signs you may need endodontic treatment (a root canal):

  • Severe toothache
  • Dark discoloration of the tooth
  • Swelling and tenderness in the gum area
  • Prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold
  • Pain when chewing or biting down on food

In some cases a tooth may be past endodontic restoration.  This occurs when the roots are severely fractured, the root canals cannot be accessed or the tooth has insufficient bone support.

Having an endodontic treatment or root canal can save a tooth from extraction and when possible this is the procedure performed.  Missing teeth can affect your ability to bite and chew, negatively affect your overall health, and can make you self-conscious.

Endodontic treatment involves several visits to the dentist.  First, the affected tissue is removed from inside the tooth and down around the roots.  The interior of the tooth is then cleaned and sealed.  The next step is to fill the tooth with dental restoration.  In the case of extensive decay, your dentist will probably place a “crown” on the tooth for strength and protection.  Cared for properly, along with your other teeth, a tooth restored with endodontic treatment can help keep that smile beautiful and bright and can last a lifetime.

 If you experience any of these, contact our dental office and make an appointment.  We are here to help: (802) 878-5591

Meet Your Dentists

Dr. J. Allen Feeley DDS
Dr. J. Allen Feeley DDS
“I enjoy being able to take care of people on a daily basis, whether it is getting them out of pain, improving their smile, or simply keeping them in excellent dental health. Having practiced over 30 years, I have enjoyed the relationships that I’ve developed with our family of patients.”

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Dr. Nathan Makay DDS
Dr. Nathan Makay DDS
“My profession means everything to me. It is what drives me every day and, other than my family, it is what I enjoy the most. Having the opportunity to make people feel better about themselves and their smiles, and to work with people who enjoy it as well, is unexplainable.”

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Dr. Michael L. Gibilisco DMD
Dr. Michael L. Gibilisco DMD
“Some children dream to grow up and become astronauts or cowboys, but I’ve always wanted to be a dentist. Now my profession is my passion and my life. Every day is an adventure and the opportunity to help others is a gift to me.”

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Dr. Jessica Hacker DDS
Dr. Jessica Hacker DDS
“I view myself as an advocate for the patient’s health, not as some sort of Dentistry Dictator. My job is to give patients as many options as possible, explain the differences, and help them make decisions that fit their lives.”

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What Sets Us Apart?


The professionals at Essex Family Dental are among the most skilled dental care teams in Vermont. Dr. J. Allen Feeley, Dr. Nathan Makay, Dr. Michael L. Gibilisco, and Dr. Jessica Hacker apply their expertise and consult with one another for the unique benefit of the people they treat.


Your ease at our practice is very important to us, whether that means a comfortable waiting room, painless treatment, or feeling informed about your care. Our doctors are happy to educate you about your treatment options and our staff is always gentle.


Essex Family Dental keeps the most convenient hours, offering appointments until 7pm Monday-Thursday, including morning and afternoon appointments on Friday and Saturday. We also schedule same-day treatment for patients with emergency needs.

A few words from our patients:

Four or five years ago, my son’s mother was not getting him to the dentist, and I only had him on the weekends, so I needed to find a dentist that had weekend hours. There are not many out there, and when I found EFD, I was pleasantly surprised. They have three or four dentists, but we have only ever seen Dr. Kanin. I like my other dentist as well, but the Saturday hours are what sold me on EFD. They also have a lot of evening hours available. Very convenient.
James M., YELP
Dr Feeley and staff has given great care for the past 6 years. What impresses me most is their reliance on technology…from playing Sirius for their music to taking digital X-rays, the technology is top notch. The staff is friendly and a pleasure to deal with. I have 5 kids and take three of them here and two of them elsewhere.
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This office is wonderful! They are so nice and professional, and sensitive to those who have had past bad experiences (me) or are timid about the dentist (my daughter). I finally found a good dentist in the area!
Sara R, YELP