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Root Canal

Reviving Dental Health: A Closer Look at Root Canal Therapy

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?

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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?

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The classic symptom indicating that you need root canal treatment is excruciating pain. 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


A pimple on the gums

Swollen, tender gums

A tooth that turns dark

What Is a Root Canal?

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Root canal is shorthand for root canal treatment, which is a dental procedure to treat an infection that has reached the pulp in the interior of a tooth. It’s an endodontic procedure that involves removing the infected pulp and disinfecting the inside of the tooth to eliminate bacteria.

Unfortunately, if you wait too long before getting root canal treatment, you could end up losing the tooth as the infection attacks the bone, loosening the tooth. An untreated infection allows bacteria to spread to other teeth or throughout the body if it enters the bloodstream.

Endodontic Treatment to Save a Tooth

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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.

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.

How Does a Root Canal Infection Start?

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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

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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 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 on the tooth and ask you to return weeks later to complete treatment.

A Root Canal Patient's Testimonial

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Find out for yourself why so many patients trust us to provide their dental work.

Why Choose Our Practice in Queens?

30+ Years of Experience

Patient comfort is central to our dentistry practice. Just like an endodontist, Astoria Dental Group uses sophisticated technology to make root canal treatment accurate, comfortable, and efficient.

Complete Treatment in 1 Day

We offer patients the convenience of same-day crowns. Many of our patients won’t need to make a return visit to complete their root canal treatment or hassle with a temporary crown.

30+ Years of Experience

Drs. Degel and Every-Degel have been a fixture in Queens since 1991. They offer state-of-the-art treatment for general, implant, and cosmetic dentistry in a friendly neighborhood setting.

A Noted Dentist

Dr. Degel has been featured in Vogue in an issue celebrating top providers in the Tri-State Area, and belongs to prestigious dental groups, including the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.

What Happens If You Can't Save My Tooth?

If endodontic treatment can’t save your tooth, our dentists at Astoria Dental Group have decades of experience restoring missing teeth and can explain the pros and cons of the different options so you feel confident in your choice.

Dental Implant

An implant-supported dental crown, which restores both the tooth and the tooth root, is the most complete tooth restoration method possible and is prized since the implant stimulates the jawbone, preventing future bone loss.

Dental Bridge

A dental bridge is a cost-effective method for replacing a missing tooth. Our onsite ceramicists excel at creating natural-looking bridges carefully matched to your tooth color, which allows them to blend in with your smile.

Meet Our Highly Trained Doctors

Our cosmetic dentists Drs. Clifford Degel and Carmen Every-Degel provide world-class dental care in a caring and friendly environment. Residents in Queens, Long Island, and throughout NYC trust them to create beautiful, healthy smiles.

Clifford Degel, DDS

With over 35 years of experience helping patients maintain, restore, and revitalize their smiles, Dr. Clifford Degel is considered a top dentist in Queens. Dr. Degel is known for exquisite cosmetic and restorative dentistry work at his state-of the-art, full service practice, Astoria Dental Group.

Carmen Every-Degel, DDS

Recognized as a top Invisalign® dentist, Dr. Every-Degel provides dramatic transformations with the discreet, convenient system, along with various cosmetic treatments such as smile makeovers and other procedures designed to deliver a brighter, more brilliant smile.

Our Astoria Patients Know

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Veronica Delgado
February 25, 2024
Throughout my life, my dental journey has been difficult, painful, and has caused me a lot of anxiety. I am very happy to have found Astoria Dental Group – everyone has been so kind and have taken the time to explain everything to me thoroughly and make sure I am comfortable. Dr. Degel is absolutely wonderful. I know I’m putting my teeth in the right hands and I will soon have my dream smile!
Ahmed Allam
December 9, 2023
Astoria’s finest! The team here is exceptional – a warm and welcoming staff coupled with highly professional dentists, a husband-and-wife duo who each dedicate three days a week. Their flexibility in scheduling and acceptance of various insurances make it hassle-free. I’ve been a loyal client for years, personally attended to by Dr. Carmen. She’s not only super nice but also patiently listens, possesses extensive knowledge, and most importantly, operates with utmost integrity – you can trust them without a doubt.
James Venuti
September 15, 2023
Nice office, very fast and professional, great Doctors and the gentle hygienists are wonderful!
Shelly Valherzrosa
August 12, 2023
I’m in pain but I love how they doing me thank u so much the best dentist thank u
Michael Belasco
June 9, 2023
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.
Jennifer Lee (JAMM)
May 6, 2022
Absolutely the best dentist/dental group I have ever been to. Little to no wait time, they fully explain your issues and possible treatment options, and every single person front and back have been incredibly fortunate. They are organized in the front and the dentists know their stuff. So thankful for her and the practice! I’ve had major work done, great work, no pain.
Frank Navas
March 4, 2022
Have been a long time patient. Dr Degel and staff are top notch and professional! He does AMAZING work the whole experience is very comfortable pain & stress free. They also will work with you on how to pay for services and help you improve your dental health which ultimately improves your overall health and well-being!! Thank Astoria Dental and Dr Degel & Staff!!
Jeff Fralick
March 1, 2022
Dr Degel and his staff did outstanding work for me. Very attentive and friendly. I would recommend Astoria Dental Group to anyone looking for quality dental work. I had my entire top replaced with new implants and I feel like a new person. 5 stars all around!

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