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Root Canal

While root canal infections have a reputation for intense pain, they sometimes drop a few hints first about what's coming.

Either way, treatment is necessary to avoid tooth loss and prevent infection from damaging other teeth or spreading throughout your body.

Astoria Dental Group in Queens, NY, can provide virtually painless root canal treatment and custom crowns in one appointment.

Are You in Pain? Virtually Painless Root Canals

Root canal infections are known for excruciating pain. If you are suffering, call Astoria Dental Group in Queens, NY, so that we can schedule an appointment as soon as possible to stop the pain.

Do I Need a Root Canal?

The classic symptom indicating that you need root canal treatment is excruciating pain or an obvious abscess. But you can also have an infection without any pain at all. Here are some warning signs that should prompt you to schedule a consultation to avoid complications:

  • Pain when eating or when pressure is put on a tooth
  • Lingering sensitivity to hot or cold
  • An abscess or pimple on the gums
  • Swollen, tender gums
  • A tooth that turns dark

Endodontic Treatment
to Save a Tooth

Dr. Clifford Degel or Dr. Carmen Every-Degel will first remove the pulp and then carefully disinfect the tooth interior. After shaping the root canals (the inner part of the tooth roots), the emptied tooth will be filled and sealed. In most cases, we recommend placing a crown on the tooth to strengthen it and restore its shape.

Like endodontists, the dentists at Astoria Dental Group in Queens, NY, use rotary files for all their endodontics work. Rotary files are more flexible and can be inserted into curved root canals without damaging them, so treatment is more comfortable for root canal patients. Patients can also receive their crown at our practice instead of seeing multiple providers to complete treatment.

How Does a Root Canal Infection Start?

There are several paths that allow bacteria to infect the pulp and blood vessels inside a tooth:

  • Deep decay from an untreated cavity
  • Multiple dental procedures on a tooth
  • A chip or crack in the tooth
  • A blow to the tooth, even if it doesn't crack

Don't Delay Treatment for a Root Canal Request a Consultation

A root canal infection won't go away on its own. You need endodontic treatment to eliminate the infection and keep it from spreading.

The dentists at Astoria Dental Group in Queens, NY, have advanced digital imaging systems like X-rays and intraoral cameras that will first confirm whether you need root canal therapy. Then, using tools employed by endodontists, one of our highly trained dentists can treat your tooth using a virtually painless procedure, restoring your oral health.

Astoria Dental Group has the added benefit of an onsite lab, which allows us to design and place a protective crown after a root canal, often during the same appointment. Practices who lack our same-day crown technology are forced to place a temporary crown or temporary filling on the tooth and ask you to return weeks later to complete treatment.

Have a question? Leave us a message online. If you suspect you need root canal therapy, call to request a consultation:


(718) 557-9305

Serving Queens, Long Island & NYC

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Treatment Timeline for Root Canals

Our endodontic techniques make root canals no more uncomfortable than having a cavity filled.

Day of Procedure

Our endodontic techniques make root canals no more uncomfortable than having a cavity filled.


Either Dr. Degel or Dr. Every-Degel will examine your tooth to verify that a root canal is necessary. This may require X-rays to give your dentist a better view of your tooth structure.

Preparing for Treatment

Your comfort comes first. Our dentist will first carefully numb the area. If you need more than local anesthesia, we offer both oral conscious and IV sedation. For our IV patients, we have a board-certified anesthesiologist carefully monitor you throughout treatment.

Accessing the Root Canals

Your dentist will carefully create a small opening in the crown of the infected tooth (the portion above the gumline) so the diseased pulp can be removed.

Removing Pulp

Just like an endodontist, our dentists use rotary files and other advanced tools to remove the diseased pulp (the blood vessels and nerves within the tooth). Your dentist will also carefully shape the interior of the tooth and disinfect it.

Filling and Sealing the Root Canals

The disinfected root canals will be filled with a rubber-like dental material. If needed, posts will be inserted into the canals to reinforce and stabilize the tooth. The access point will then be sealed shut.

Restoring the Tooth

In most cases, a dental crown is placed on the treated tooth to strengthen it and restore its original shape. Because we have an onsite lab, we can often do this final step on the same day as your root canal treatment.

Is a Tooth Bothering You?

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"Been a Loyal Patient for Years"


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Astoria, NY


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Good service provided! The dental technician was very patient and answered my questions. The office looked very clean and recepitionist was courteus and kind. Thanks!

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Michael Belasco

Astoria, NY


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After much research for a “good” dentist in Manhattan, I found Astoria dental group, been a loyal patient for years their expertise & state of the art approach friendly, competent staff, I would highly recommend.

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Doctors Carmen Every-Degel and Clifford Degel

Astoria Dental Group

Our doctors are widely recognized for their contributions to the field of dentistry. They are members of various prestigious organizations, including: 

  • Academy of General Dentistry 
  • American Academy of Implant Dentistry 
  • International Congress of Oral Implantologists 
  • American Dental Association

If you are ready to transform your smile with Astoria Dental Group, request a consultation online or call us in Queens at (718) 278-1123.

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