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Root Canal

A root canal is one of the most misunderstood dental procedures. That's because it actually relieves far greater pain than it causes.

This is especially true when you trust your care to Jewel Dental Associates in Flushing, NY. We make root canals virtually painless.

How is that possible?

Are You in Pain?

Infected root canals frequently announce their presence with excruciating pain. The sooner you get treatment, the sooner you'll feel better and the less damage your tooth will suffer. Michael S. Feldstein, DDS at Jewel Dental Associates in Flushing, NY, offers same-day appointments for dental emergencies, as well as free consultations.

Do I Need a Root Canal?

An infection occurs when bacteria reach the pulp (soft tissue) within a tooth. It is often accompanied by discomfort and other obvious symptoms. However, because there are some cases that don't present symptoms, the best way to protect your smile is to visit our Flushing, NY, office biannually for a checkup. Common signs of a need for root canal treatment include:

Darkening of the tooth

Swelling or tenderness in the gums

Persistent sensitivity to heat or cold

Pain when chewing

The Pain Stopped

Am I Cured?

Unfortunately, an infection in a root canal is not like the common cold that gets better all by itself. If the pain goes away, this just signals that the nerves in the pulp inside the tooth have died. The infection is still active in the tooth and can spread to your jaw, gums, nearby teeth, and even your blood, which is dangerous.

The longer you wait to receive treatment, the further the infection can spread. If the tooth goes untreated, you risk losing it and having to undergo more extensive dental treatments to restore your smile and avoid a cascade of dental problems that are associated with missing teeth.

Comfortable and Sophisticated Treatment  Call for a Free Consultation

Our practice has been proudly serving the Flushing, NY, community for decades. Dentistry has changed quite a bit since Dr. Feldstein's father first opened the practice nearly 60 years ago, but our commitment to the health, safety, and happiness of our patients has not. 

Patients throughout Queens, NY, turn to the team at Jewel Dental Associates for the individualized care they deserve. Whether you are experiencing symptoms of a dental infection or simply need to establish ongoing care with a trusted practice near you, we are here to meet your family's needs.

Contact our Flushing, NY, office today to schedule an appointment. You can reach us online or by calling:

(718) 261-7071

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Our practice in Flushing features a wide range of sophisticated dental technology for safe, comfortable, and effective treatment.

Warm and Welcoming

"Dr. F puts you at ease before, during, and after the procedure.  Whether it is a filling or it is a implant, I have felt comfortable (as possible as one case be) when I'm in the hot seat... His staff is warm and welcoming, and I have always been taken in on time for my appointments..." Simon L.

The Many Benefits  of Root Canal Treatment 

Following a root canal at our practice serving Queens, NY, you can expect:

A Healthier Smile

When bacteria reach the pulp, often through an advanced cavity, the resulting infection can spread to other oral tissues without proper treatment. Root canal treatment by Dr. Michael Feldstein will remove the infected pulp and preserve the exterior of the tooth in order to protect your oral health. A root canal is also the only alternative to extraction once a tooth becomes infected.

Pain Relief

The pain of a dental infection can be unbearable. Our gentle modern treatments can provide immediate relief.

Save Money in the Long Run 

If you have a tooth infection, delaying treatment can have serious and expensive consequences. Getting a root canal saves you from needing costly restorative work down the line.

How do teeth become infected?

Progression of a dental infection

How Do Root Canal Infections Start?

Cavities are the most common reason patients need root canals. If a cavity is allowed to grow, it becomes large enough to allow bacteria to enter the pulp chamber and infect the pulp. That's why it's important to have regular dental checkups so Dr. Feldstein can uncover early signs of decay and remove it.

Regular dental visits are also important because you may have a root canal infection and not even know it since not all infections involve pain. Using x-rays and other techniques, Dr. Feldstein can spot these "silent" root canal infections and head off extensive damage to a tooth.

Has your tooth suffered a trauma? You should schedule an appointment. A severe crack or break can expose the pulp chamber, opening the door to bacteria. Timely treatment can help save your tooth and avoid more costly tooth replacement treatments.

What Happens During a Root Canal?

You can conveniently undergo all stages of root canal treatment at our Flushing, NY, office:

Exam

Dr. Feldstein will examine your tooth and take x-rays to assess the depth of the infection and how your tooth is affected. 

Anesthetic

The dentist will administer a local anesthetic to numb your teeth and gums. If you are nervous about the procedure, we also offer sedation to help you feel more comfortable.

Tissue Removal

The dentist will make a small opening in the tooth and use specialized instruments to completely remove the pulp, which consists of nerves, blood vessels, and other tissue. Next, he will disinfect the emptied pulp chamber and root canals (centers of the tooth roots).

Filling the Tooth

Next, Dr. Feldstein will fill the tooth with a biocompatible material called gutta-percha to replace the pulp. 

Impressions

After sealing the tooth, the dentist will, in most cases, begin preparing the tooth to receive a dental crown for support. Once preparations are complete, he will take impressions.

Restoration

It typically takes one to two weeks for the lab to craft a crown. We will provide a temporary crown in the meantime. When the permanent crown is ready, you will return to the dentist's office for placement. The dentist will bond the crown into place, check the fit, and make any necessary adjustments.

Gentle Root Canal Treatments Call for a Free Consultation

Contrary to popular opinion, going to a dentist for a root canal treatment actually brings welcome relief from the pain of an infected tooth. And Dr. Feldstein at Jewel Dental Associates in Flushing, NY, is a master at managing pain during treatment. Not only are his root canal treatments virtually painless, but most of his patients experience minimal postoperative discomfort as well.

His careful technique and advanced tools have also contributed to his excellent success rate with root canals. His exceptional skills extend to the design of the dental crown that protects your treated tooth and restores a natural-looking tooth shape after the root canal.

In addition to creating crowns out of porcelain, Dr. Feldstein can also design crowns using advanced dental materials, such as zirconia and IPS e.max®, for heightened strength and beauty. Contact us today if you have any questions.

(718) 261-7071

"Your Teeth Will Thank You!"

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Donna Halperin

2021

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I have been going to Jewel Dental for 10 years. I recently had an old filling pop out of my tooth and called Jewel Dental. They took me the next morning as an emergency and the dr came in early for me. I was so appreciative and I was not rushed out. Staff is always very pleasant and they play great music while I’m being treated. Puts me in a more relaxed mood. Always professional and great work

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Dana Cochran

2021

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The entire staff from the dentists to the dental hygienists to the office staff are always caring and professional. The dentists themselves have hands of gold and are gentle and reassuring. They have taken every precaution to make sure their office is clean and safe for patients during COVID. I wouldn’t go anywhere else!!!! Do yourself a favor and schedule an appointment today. Your teeth will thank you!!

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A Closer Look at the Procedure

What happens afterward?

Root Canal Recovery

Root canal treatment is meant to eliminate pain caused by inflammation or a cavity. You may have some tooth sensitivity for the first few days after treatment, or discomfort in the area if you have had a dental implant and crown placed. However, once this clears, you should not have any pain or discomfort. 

Usually, you should recover from your root canal within seven days. If you experience severe pressure or pain that lasts more than a few days, though, contact our Flushing, NY, practice for further instructions. Dr. Feldstein is always available to his patients through the office or on his cell phone.

How to Take Care of Yourself After a Root Canal

Rest and Renew

It typically takes a few days to recover from a root canal. During this time, you should rest and renew, giving your mouth time to heal from your root canal therapy. If you feel any discomfort, you can discuss over-the-counter options with your dentist.

Focus on Soft Foods

After your root canal, you will likely find it uncomfortable to eat your usual diet. Instead, you should choose soft foods that require little to no chewing, such as applesauce, smoothies, or even ice cream. Opt for cold or room-temperature foods.

Contact Us if You Need Help

In the event that you notice swelling, pain, or other adverse effects, contact our dentist immediately. Dr. Feldstein offers patients his personal number in case they need him. After all, we are here to help you every step of the way during and after your root canal therapy. 

Our Flushing, NY, Patients Trust Jewel Dental Associates With Their Tooth Care

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Olive Waterman

2022

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Very professional and courteous service..there is never a long wait and everyone makes you feel very comfortable as they empathize with your individual situation.. When I moved from Queens to Brooklyn, I switched dentist for convenience but happy that I have returned. The care, warmth and attention is very much appreciated..Thanks.

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robert rifkin

2021

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It was like having someone invite you into their home. Warm, comfortable, professional and knowledgeable. The entire team is greatttt

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Insurance and financing options can help alleviate some of the stress of your root canal treatment.

How Much Does a Root Canal Cost?

A root canal can cost between $750 for a front tooth and $1,200 for a molar. Other important cost factors include:

The Complexity of the Condition

Deeper, more complicated infections typically cost more to treat. If we can catch the issue early during your routine exam, treatment is often more affordable.  If your tooth cannot be saved with a root canal, we may recommend implants following extraction because they are the very best means of tooth replacement. An implant replaces tooth roots. One or more implants can be used to support crowns, bridges, and dentures.

The Type of Restoration

In some cases, Dr. Feldstein can complete your treatment using only a filling, which results in a smaller fee. However, patients often need a crown to protect their tooth after a root canal. At our office serving Queens, crowns typically cost about $800.

What Your Insurance Covers

The final cost of your treatment will depend on what your insurance is willing to pay. Since root canals are a medical necessity, most plans cover at least part of the treatment and a dental crown, if necessary.

Jewel Dental Associates Offers Financing To Help With Costs Insurance Might Not Pay For

Dealing with dental problems and pain can be stressful enough. We don't want you to have to worry about the cost of your root canal. That's why our Flushing dentist accepts CareCredit®, in addition to multiple kinds of insurances and major credit cards.

Choose Dr. Feldstein A Dentist You Can Truly Rely on

A root canal infection is one of the most nerve-wracking dental problems a patient can have.

Not only is it time-sensitive, but it's often quite painful. However, you aren't alone.

Dr. Feldstein can expertly handle your root canal therapy treatment, from removing pulp to affixing a beautiful new custom crown to your tooth.

He also stands out among the crowd with his constant dedication to his patients, giving them his personal cell phone number in case they need his assistance, even outside of regular hours.

Not to mention, he also provides free consultations, so that you do not have additional barriers standing in the way of your root canal treatment.

Need help now? Contact our Flushing, NY, office or call

(718) 261-7071

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If the pulp of your tooth is infected, you need to act now. Fortunately, Jewel Dental Associates in the Queens, NY, area can help with your root canal treatment.

Does it hurt to get a root canal?

Most Patients Experience No Pain

54% of patients experienced no pain during a root canal*According to a 2009 study published by the International Endodontic Journal

For most patients, a root canal involves no more discomfort than a regular filling. In fact, more than half of patients report no pain at all. 

"I Wouldn't Go Anywhere Else!"

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Paula Yonk

2021

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The hygienist, Joanna, was excellent. She was very patient, caring, thorough in checking for any traces of cancer, and cleaning my teeth. Dr. Feinstein is also very thorough, patient and has a nice personality. The secretaries are, also, very nice.

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Frank Esposito

2021

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Absolute ROCK STARS, everyone in this office are just the best. I have been a patient here for over 30 years and I can't possibly say enough good things about them and the work they do. Dr Feldstein is amazing.

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Dr. Michael Feldstein

Jewel Dental Associates Michael Feldstein DMD

Dr. Feldstein has been placing dental implants for over 30 years. In that time, he has successfully placed over 4,000 implants. In addition, he is a member of several prestigious organizations, including:

  • American Dental Association
  • New York State Dental Association
  • Queens County Dental Society
  • American Academy of Periodontics

For more information about the incredible results we can achieve with dental implants, contact our Flushing office online or call (718) 261-7071 today. 

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