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.

212.279.1232

What to Expect from Your Root Canal Procedure

If you have a tooth that has become infected or is badly decayed, your dentist may suggest a root canal. The thought of a root canal makes many people nervous, but unnecessarily; most patients agree that modern root canals are not painful and no worse than getting a filling. If your dentist has you scheduled for a root canal, knowing what to expect will make your treatment a little easier. Here is a rundown of what will happen during your root canal procedure:

Dental X-Ray

Preparation
Even though your dentist already knows that your tooth is damaged, he will take an X-ray before he starts your root canal so that he can have the most up-to-date image of your roots and the infection. He will also check the surrounding bone to make sure the infection hasn’t spread. Then, your dentist will administer a local anesthetic and put a rubber dam around your tooth. The dam is used to keep the tooth perfectly dry during the root canal.

Cleaning
Now it is time for your dentist to start cleaning out the decayed pulp, bacteria, and debris from the tooth using root canal files. First, your dentist will drill a small hole into the tooth, and then use the files to scrape out the debris. Several different sizes of files may be used. Once your dentist is satisfied that your root canals are clear, he will either put medication inside the tooth to clear up the infection or seal the hole with a filling. If your dentist puts medication inside your tooth, he will seal it during a future appointment.

Restoration
At a follow-up appointment, your dentist will place a filling or crown as required after the initial procedure and also begin the restoration process. After a root canal, a crown is often necessary to support the structure and integrity of the tooth, allowing for chewing and biting as normal.

Don’t shy away from a root canal. Let the team with Charles M. Marks D.D.S. and Dental Associates help you preserve your dental health. Call us at (212) 279-1232 to make an appointment.

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