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. Michael S. Feldstein, DDS, at Jewel Dental Associates Flushing, NY, makes it a point to help patients as soon as possible since the sooner you get treatment, the sooner you'll feel better and the less damage your tooth will suffer.
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:
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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.
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?
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?
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.
"Your Teeth Will Thank You!"
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 workView On Google
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!!View On Google
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?
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
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!"
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.View on Google
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.View on Google