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What Can I Do If a Root Canal Filling Fell Out?

I had a root canal in March 2023. Within six months, I lost my job and dental insurance. I had not been to a dentist since that time. I now have dental insurance, so last week, I went for an exam and to get a consultation for teeth whitening. The dentist told me that the temporary cap is coming off the tooth, and the root canal filling is coming out. The metal post in my tooth is showing. I need to get it replaced before I get my teeth whitened. I was not planning on this type of expense right away. I am still catching up on bills. I just wanted to make my smile look good and feel a little better about myself. Is this something that must be fixed now, or can I find someone else to do the whitening? Thanks. Tracie


You need a dentist to replace the filling material. We understand that your financial situation has not improved enough for major dental work, but if the dentist you saw is not willing to do it inexpensively, you can find one who will do it. 

Root Canal Filling Material

Root canal filling material replaces the tooth pulp that a dentist cleans out of an infected tooth. But the filling material must be protected to prevent saliva and fluid from leaking in and reinfecting the tooth. A reinfected tooth needs repeat root canal treatment to save it.

Protecting the filling material – After root canal treatment, a dentist can protect the filling material in several ways:

  • Insert a metal post in the tooth and fill the tooth with a bonding material. 
  • Place a temporary crown over the tooth
  • Place a permanent crown over the tooth

Although a filling over the tooth can last several years, eventually, you will need a dental crown.

When Root Canal Filling Comes Off

When root canal filling comes off, you must have a dentist replace it right away. It is the only way to save the tooth and prevent repeat root canal treatment.

Your oral health is the priority – Although we understand that you want to improve your smile with teeth whitening, any conscientious dentist will recommend stabilizing your oral health first. Bleaching treatment can irritate unhealthy teeth. A bright smile with a tooth that is in jeopardy of falling out is not a healthy smile. Please make oral health your priority and get teeth whitening afterward.


Rocky Hill, CT, dentist Dr. Thaddeus Michalski sponsors this post.

Is Zirconia Crown Dust from Bite Adjustments Causing My Hives?

My dentist is ruining my zirconia crowns while trying to correct my occlusion. He has ground down all ten new crowns. After multiple adjustments, my lips and gums broke out in hives. Is the debris from shaving my crowns irritating my mouth? I got the crowns last August, but my bite is still off. If I am experiencing sensitivity from the crowns, I dread the thought that I will need to start all over with new crowns. Could the zirconia power be causing a reaction? – Thanks. Crandall from MO



Grinding down tough new zirconia crowns is challenging and can cause discomfort while sitting in a dental chair.

Can Zirconia Crown Dust Cause a Reaction?

Two dental crowns for molar teethAlthough you could have a reaction to zirconia dust from your dentist grinding on the crowns, the particles would clear your system and the reaction should resolve. Although we have no confirmed cases of reactions to zirconia, it is not impossible that some people are sensitive to it. However, if you have a zirconia sensitivity, you would have experienced it before your dentist’s attempts to adjust your bite.

The hives you describe seem to be a reaction to stressful dental experiences. Stressful events, including stressful dental experiences, can trigger burning mouth syndrome.

Get a Second Opinion for Your Bite Adjustment

When your bite is off with dental crowns and your dentist cannot adjust it, your jaw muscles spasm. You can develop earaches, headaches, neck pain, or other symptoms related to TMJ disorder. We recommend getting a second opinion and an exam from a dentist with post-graduate occlusion and bite training.  This advanced training is not taught in the standard dental curriculum.

Look for a dentist with training for one of these institutes:

  • The L.D. Pankey Institute in Florida
  • The Dawson Academy in Florida
  • Spear Education in Arizona
  • The Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies in Nevada


Once your bite is harmonious, the related discomfort will improve. The irritating hives may diminish with less stress during dental appointments. Meanwhile, if you feel anxious about additional dental procedures, you can ask your new dentist about sedation options.

Dr. Thaddeus Michalski, a Rocky Hill, Connecticut dentist sponsors this post.

Restorations with Rocky Hill, CT Prettau dental bridges

Missing teeth hurt self-image, eating, speaking and bone structure. Read about Prettau dental bridges from Rocky Hill, CT dentist, Dr. Thaddeus Michalski.

Stability, solid bone structure, natural aesthetics–Prettau dental bridges from Thaddeus Michalski DMD in Rocky Hill, CT offer all 3 benefits. A truly innovative tooth replacement, the Prettau dental bridge reflects light just as natural tooth enamel does, and it’s anchored by dental implants for superior stability and longevity. (more…)

The Dentist Rocky Hill, CT, Trusts Provides Comprehensive Dental Care

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Are you in the market for a professional, experienced and caring dentist in the 06067 area? Then look no further. Dr. Thaddeus Michalski is the general and family dentist who also specializes in cosmetic and implant dentistry that people from Rocky Hill and all over the surrounding area rely on for everything they need for their dental care. Dr. Michalski and his team of dental assistants and dental hygienists treat each and every patient individually and with the kindness and gentleness they want for themselves and their own families.

Your Rocky Hill Dentist has a New and Improved Website

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At the dental practice of Dr. Thaddeus S. Michalski, we are committed to providing the latest technology, best care, and most convenient access for our patients. As part of our continuing development, you may have noticed we made a few changes to our website. These changes were made with you in mind. We know you have your choice of dental practices in the Rocky Hill, CT area, and we want you to know you’ve chosen the most skilled dental practice that works to fit your schedule and lifestyle. Thank you for your interest in our practice, and for supporting the work we do to put a smile on your face. Call today to schedule an appointment, or find out more about Dr. Michalski’s dental practice.

General Dentistry with a Smile for the Whole Family

We’ve been dedicated to providing you with the most welcoming, comfortable family dentistry experience for years. We’ve always stood out as the leader in dental technology and procedure innovations, and we are at the forefront of “green” dental care. Our office works to conserve energy and water whenever possible, but we’ve invested in the future with renewable energy sources. We use solar panels to produce more than half of our electricity significantly reducing the amount of energy we consume. Our water, heating and air conditioning systems are maintained using three heat pumps that cycle water through wells. This process is known as geo thermal exchange. We are able to use the consistent ground temperature to heat and cool our office, and heat given off by the pumps is used to heat our water.

Additionally, Dr. Michalski commits hours each year to continuing education in numerous areas of general dentistry. Our office is committed to having pure air and reducing toxins so that you and your whole family know you can breathe easy. In everything we do, our practice goes above and beyond to give you the best care. Our website is no exception. Our 2015 website revamp looks great, and reflects our philosophy to offer our patients superior service by helping them meat their dental health care goals in their budget, on their schedule. Beyond the beauty of the new site, we’ve improved the function. Small changes can make a huge difference. We’ve added two links that will appear on every page: a link to request an appointment with us no matter what page you’re looking at, and the other link to the testimonials you’ve given so that new patients can learn more about what you’ve been telling us about our practice.

Restorative, Implant, Cosmetic and Sedation Dentistry

Our general dentistry practice serves the whole family, and offers a full range of dental care options. Our restorative dentistry options to return your smile to its natural strength and beauty, are the best in the area. Dr. Michalski’s dedication to you means that he continues to learn about innovations that can give you the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted. We are proud to offer the Prettau Bridge. This restoration is a unique, implant supported bridge that will fully restore the form and function of your bite. We also offer numerous dental implants to meet all of your needs, and Dr. Michalski is truly an expert implantologist. He has earned fellowship and diplomat with the International Congress of Implantologists.

Cosmetic dentistry is still not recognized by the American Dental Association as a dental specialization, but that has stopped Dr. Michalski from honing his skills. He is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and maintains the most up-to-date knowledge of cosmetic dentistry innovations and treatments. Check out our cosmetic service pages, or call today for more information about how we can help you achieve the picture-perfect smile of your dreams.

Sedation dentistry or sleep dentistry is growing in popularity. More than 50% of Americans suffer from some level of dental anxiety, and oral conscious sedation can help. Dr. Michalski offers safe, relaxing sedation for patients with anxiety, strong gag reflexes, those who need extensive dental work, and many other reasons. If you’re interested in finding out more about sedation dentistry, check out our site, and call Dr. Michalski for a consultation.

Find Out More

We invite you to take a look at the great new look and all the cool features of our website update. Remember your comments and requests helped us plan our updates, and we always appreciate your feedback. If you want to find out more about any of our services, or schedule an appointment, call today. Dr. Michalski and his dedicated staff welcome patients from Rocky Hill, Cromwell, Newington, Wethersfield, Berlin, Hartford, and beyond.

Tooth-Colored Fillings for a Naturally Beautiful Smile with Dr. Michalski

For nearly 100 years, dental cavities were filled with an amalgam of metals, including silver, copper, tin, and mercury. While these amalgam fillings were effective at keeping further decay at bay, pioneers in the dental field felt that the formula could stand to improve. Today, we use composite resin to create tooth-colored fillings instead of unsightly metal amalgam fillings. With Dr. Thaddeus S. Michalski as your trusted partner, you can achieve lasting oral health in a way that still looks and feels completely natural.

Advantages of Tooth-Colored Fillings vs. Amalgams

No one likes a mouth full of dark metal fillings; it’s a well-known fact that white, luminous teeth are the hallmarks of a healthy, attractive smile. If your smile falls victim to dental caries (cavities), you shouldn’t have to endure the appearance of shiny metal amalgams just to regain your oral health. With composite resin tooth-colored fillings, you can enjoy a healthy smile that looks beautiful and confident without any of the drawbacks of amalgam fillings.

The benefits of tooth-colored fillings go beyond the cosmetic. In fact, composite resin fillings are actually considered better for your teeth in general. This is because their placement requires less of your natural tooth to be removed in preparation. The resin actually forms a tighter seal with your enamel as well, preventing further decay following your filling procedure. In addition, tooth-colored fillings will not adversely react to changes in temperature like amalgams do, so you can rest assured in the knowledge that your restoration will remain intact for years to come without damaging your teeth.

A Natural Approach You Can Trust

At the office of Dr. Thaddeus S. Michalski in Rocky Hill, CT, we believe that dentistry should align with nature as often as possible. That is why we take a genuinely “green” approach to our work, only offering treatments that utilize non-toxic materials like composite resin for dental fillings. If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of tooth-colored fillings, contact us today. We can help you make an informed decision regarding your oral health, offering valuable advice and insight about a wide range of restorative and cosmetic dentistry solutions. Our state-of-the-art dental practice in Rocky Hill, CT is proud to serve families from throughout the surrounding communities, including those in Wethersfield, Newington, Berlin, Cromwell, Hartford, and beyond.

Root for Root Canal Therapy in Rocky Hill, CT

If you had a bad toothache, would you rather save the tooth or have the tooth pulled? The answer, of course, is practically obvious. Save the tooth! More often than not, saving a tooth may require a root canal, especially if the toothache is caused by an infection deep within the tooth. With root canal therapy, Dr. Thaddeus S. Michalski and his staff in Rocky Hill, CT, can save the tooth and your smile.

A root canal is dental procedure that removes infected pulp tissue from the innermost part of a tooth. Dental pulp is comprised of nerve and lymph tissue, as well as blood vessels. This pulp may become infected as a result of oral bacteria that migrates to the pulp through a deep cavity; a crack in the tooth that penetrates the pulp; or a powerful hit to the face. The resultant infection can cause significant pain and runs the risk of spreading beyond the tooth.

The signs and symptoms of diseased or infected tooth pulp may include:

  • Moderate to severe tooth pain
  • Swollen gums around the affected tooth
  • A tooth that is discolored
  • Visible signs of infection on an x-ray

Once Dr. Michalski confirms that a tooth is deeply infected, he will recommend root canal therapy. During a root canal, Dr. Michalski will clean out the bacteria and infection, as well as remove the nerve, lymph and blood tissue from inside the tooth and its roots. The tooth is filled with a material that prevents the infection from returning, and then the tooth is typically outfitted for a protective crown that ensures the tooth’s strength and functionality. Once the root canal is completed and the crown is in place, the tooth can last for a lifetime with proper brushing, flossing and regular dental check-ups.

Call the Office of Dr. Michalski Today

If you are experiencing tooth pain, don’t delay for another moment. Call the office of Dr. Michalski in Rocky Hill, CT, where he and his staff will gently and professionally determine the cause of your pain and whether or not a root canal is the solution. Our office also serves patients in Hartford, Wethersfield, Cromwell, Newington and Berlin.