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Richard L. Marcus, D.D.S. & Associates
23 Southdown Road, Huntington, NY 11743

What is a Root Canal?

Dr. Marcus Reading X-Ray

A root canal is a dental treatment to remove an infection that has caused the pulp (nerves and blood vessels) inside the tooth to become damaged or inflamed. A root canal is done to save the natural tooth; the alternative is to have the tooth extracted, which would leave a hole in your smile and could cause the surrounding to shift out of position.

If the infected tooth isn’t treated, you could experience:

  • Swelling
  • Severe tooth pain
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold temperature
  • Bone loss around the tip of the root
  • Gum infection

How the Root Canal Procedure Works

While many people joke about root canals, they are virtually painless. You may feel a gentle pressure on the tooth, similar to when you get a filling. If the sound of dental equipment bothers you, ask us about sedation dentistry and other options to help you feel comfortable and relaxed.

The first step is the evaluation. Dr. Marcus and his team of endodontists in Huntington can supplement digital x-rays with an advanced medical imaging technique called Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) that creates three-dimensional views of the teeth. The team looks for hidden canals, calcium deposits and other blockages, and the pathology of the surrounding bone.

Here’s how the root canal procedure works: the endodontist will create an opening in the top of the tooth and then use a series of endodontic files to remove the infected tissue and clean the tooth canals. Next, the canals are filled with a specially-made biocompatible material called gutta-percha. If it’s needed or as directed by the patient’s general dentist, the endodontist may insert a tiny post to give the tooth extra support. The top of the tooth is sealed with a temporary filling to prevent food or bacteria from entering. Then you’ll make an appointment to see your general dentist, who will top the tooth with a permanent crown.

How long the root canal procedure takes and how much the root canal costs both depend on the number of infected canals in the tooth. Depending on the type of tooth, it may have one, two, three, or four canals. The canals can be tiny; some are about as thick as a strand of hair.

Root Canals in Children

Dr. Marcus and his team of endodontists perform root canals in children as well as adults.

Root canal treatment in children can vary depending on whether it’s a primary (baby) tooth or a permanent (secondary) tooth. The pulp, which is a network of nerves and blood vessels, is closer to the top of a baby tooth than it is in a permanent tooth. If the child has a cavity, it can reach the pulp in a baby tooth quickly; that’s one of the reasons why it’s important to make sure children receive professional teeth cleanings twice a year. Let’s begin by discussing the options for children’s teeth.

Pulpotomies and Pulpectomies refer to the partial removal or complete removal of the pulp inside a tooth. The type of procedure needed depends on several factors including the age of the patient, the development of the tooth, the degree and extent of the infection, and the involvement of surrounding tissues (swelling).

Apexification and Apexogenesis are procedures designed to encourage a tooth to continue developing even if the pulp tissue has been damaged through trauma or infection.

More Endodontic Treatment Options

Apicoectomy: An apicoectomy is the surgical management of any infection in the bone that did not heal after the root canal treatment. The endodontist will open the gum tissue to remove any infected tissue at the tip of the tooth root, and then may place a small filling in the root to seal it.

Revascularization: Frequently referred to as “regenerative endodontics,” this is a cutting-edge technique that uses stem cell research and tissue engineering to promote root development, apical closure, and dentinal wall growth. It’s used mostly in immature permanent teeth to grow new pulp tissue.

More Endodontic Procedures

Endodontic Retreatment: In the vast majority of people, the root canal will save the tooth and last a lifetime. Occasionally, a tooth that was treated may not heal as expected or may develop a new problem years later. This can typically be fixed with a procedure called endodontic retreatment. Our team of Long Island endodontists can assist you, even if the original root canal procedure was performed by a different dentist.

No matter which procedure you need, our highly-skilled team adheres to the highest standards of infection control in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and OSHA guidelines.

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From the moment you walk in the office your treated professionally and courteously. Dr. Marcus is clearly an expert in what he does and his personality helped squelch my fear. Great staff as well!

Glenn G.

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Dr. Marcus is amazing! When I needed emergency root canal over the Christmas holiday, he not only made sure to get me on the calendar immediately, but treated me as if I was one of his own patients. I live in Philadelphia and was told by my local dentist that I was SOL as they were closed for the holiday (without coverage). I’d tried calling several other oral surgeons, but none of them would se…

Greg E.

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Dr. Marcus made my daughter’s root canal experience one that she will remember in a positive way. In fact, she laughed and smiled through the experience instead of having the fear that she usually has. Not only was Dr. Marcus amazing but his staff was as well. They spent an extra hour helping me through an insurance issue! I highly recommend using Dr. Marcus for your child or yourself!!

Linda B.

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Dr Marcus is a consumate professional who always takes the time to fully explain all conditions and options available to you in a comprehensive and yet understandable manor. His professionalism, including his staff, are unequaled to any other office I have been to. I could not give a higher recommendation to any individual. Sincerely, John O’Brien

Ann M.

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I’ve had root canal treatments from three different endodontists, two of them being the main ones in Huntington. I know for sure that Dr. Marcus is by far your best choice. His office is very nice and comfortable and his front desk staff members are very nice. There’s a keurig coffee maker in the waiting room so I always have a nice cup of coffee while I’m waiting. He runs very close to on t…

Karen B.

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Best endodentist ever! Beautiful office, they make you feel so comfortable and Dr. Marcus did an amazing job on my root canal! Everything went smoothly and no pain after the procedure. Highly recommended.

Jackie C.

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I absolutely love the staff here , I called with an emergency at 10 pm and dr marcus called me back and offered to Open the office in order to help me get comfortable I think that is amazing service. The following morning he saw me at 645 am and the staff was so nice and understanding they really helped with the anxiety I was feeling.. The staff even followed up with me the following day. They jus…

Ashley T.

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Completely competent, friendly and pain-free dentistry!!!!!

Thurston O.

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I have been a patient of Rick Marcus for a number of years and have always found him to be outstanding. He works practically without any discomfort with root canals and is always using the latest proven techniques. He is highly skilled and has a perfect touch. Today I had a periodontal cleaning with a new hygienist named Julie and that too was an excellent experience. This is an office that consis…

Michael G.

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Dr Marcus and his staff are absolutely amazing. Needed to get my 8 year old daughter in for a broken tooth. They were more then accommodating. They were able to give me an appointment the same day. Dr Marcus made my daughter laugh and made her feel at ease. Absolutely wonderful doctor. The staff from the front desk girls to the MA were amazing. Highly recommend this office.

Christy L.

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Dr. Marcus is so kind, patient, and professional. You can’t find better care on Long Island. Highly recommended!!!!

Dave R.

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Dr. Marcus answered an emergency call I placed to my own dentist. He was on-call for the week-end and he took care of my problem in a kind and efficient manner. Thank you Dr. Marcus for being such a caring professional!❤️

Patricia P.

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Could not say enough about how professional both Dr. Marcus and his staff are. I had a pretty painful tooth issue that my normal dentist immediately assessed would need a root canal back in April. I quickly made an appointment with Dr. Marcus. I was treated amazingly by both the staff setting me up, the assistant in the room helping Dr . Marcus and most importantly, the skill and compassion from D…

Mark H.

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Dr. Marcus is the best doctor I have ever visited hands down. He was so attentive and helped me to locate the pain that no other dentist could. I tell all my friends and family to go to him – 100% the best!

Anonymous

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Excellent, fast. Great experience!

Tracey V.

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Wow!! I was so nervous coming to the Endo dentist for my first time. This Endo dentist and office staff made me feel comfortable, relaxed, and the awesome staff answered any questions I had….I would definitely recommend this Endo dentist to anyone!! My pain is gone

Kerri K.

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Dr Marcus and his staff always go the extra mile and provide unparalleled medical care and service. He has been treating me for years and I can’t imagine going anywhere else. He is not only a skilled clinician but the nicest person you’ll ever meet. Would recommend him to all my friends and family.

Nora R.

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Very professional and courteous staff. Dr. Kapoor was wonderful. Highly skilled and very personable!

Virginia F.

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Dr. Marcus patiently waited over an hour for me to get numb and took care of a badly infected tooth that had me in misery for three days. The pain is gone now and I have my tooth. Thanks a million, Dr. Marcus, to you and your staff!

Irma P.

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Dr. Marcus patiently waited over an hour for me to get numb and took care of a badly infected tooth that had me in misery for three days. The pain is gone now and I have my tooth. Thanks a million, Dr. Marcus, to you and your staff!

Irma P.

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(631) 247-0976