Charles M. Marks D.D.S and Dental Associates.

Conveniently located at 34th Street and 5th Avenue. Drs. Charles M. Marks and his associates offer Invisalign, cosmetic dental treatments and dental care for children, teens and adults.


What are Root Canals and Why Are They Necessary?

You’ve likely heard about root canals––they’re a common dental procedure. But do you know exactly what they are and why dentists perform them? Keep reading for an overview of the procedure and also to find out why root canals are necessary.

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What Is a Root Canal?

Nerves and dental “pulp” stretch from the hollow chamber of the tooth down to the root of the tooth. Sometimes, this tissue becomes damaged or decayed, leading to infection and inflammation. Without a dentist’s attention, such damage can lead to the loss of the tooth and infection in the jaw.

During a root canal procedure, the dentist cleans out the infected and inflamed tooth pulp from the tooth’s chamber. This gets rid of bacteria and prevents further infection. At your next appointment, the dentist will fill the canal and seal it off to prevent future infection. If the tooth is damaged or decayed, it is common for a dentist to put a crown over it for added protection.

Why Have a Root Canal Procedure?

The main reason to get a root canal is to protect your overall health. Infected and inflamed tooth roots can lead to abscesses, or pockets of infection. Not only are abscesses painful, but they may cause permanent damage to your jawbone. The infection can also spread to other parts of your body.   If you do not get a root canal procedure, it’s likely you’ll need to get your tooth removed and then have to take further cosmetic measures.

Dental health requires collaboration between dentists and patients. At Charles M. Marks, D.D.S. and Dental Associates, we promise to do our part. Our dental team is committed to providing expert dental services to Manhattan residents. To learn more, call our office at (212) 279-1232.


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347 5th Avenue Suite 1310
New York, NY 10016

Hours of Operation

  • Closed Sunday
  • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday
  • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Tuesday
  • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Wednesday
  • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Thursday
  • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Friday
  • Closed Saturday