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?

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 bi-annually for a check-up. 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

Comfortable and Sophisticated Treatment  By a Trusted Dental Practice

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) 806-9027

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"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 Progression of a dental infection

What Happens during a Root Canal?

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


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


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. 


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.


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.

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. However, once this clears, you should not have any pain or discomfort. 

If you experience severe pressure or pain that lasts more than a few days, 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 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 dental 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.

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!"


Donna Halperin


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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


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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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Dr. Michael Feldstein

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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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