Root Canal Treatment

What is a root canal?

A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures performed, well over 16 million every year. This simple treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need of dental implants or bridges.

At the center of your tooth is pulp. Pulp is a collection of blood vessels that helps to build the surrounding tooth. Infection of the pulp can be caused by trauma to the tooth, deep decay, cracks and chips, or repeated dental procedures. Symptoms of the infection can be identified as visible injury or swelling of the tooth, sensitivity to temperature or pain in the tooth and gums.

If you experience any of these symptoms, your dentist will most likely recommend non-surgical treatment to eliminate the diseased pulp. This injured pulp is removed and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. Root canal therapy usually involves local anesthesia and may be completed in one or more visits depending on the treatment required. Success for this type of treatment occurs in over 95% of cases. If your tooth is not amenable to endodontic treatment or the chance of success is unfavorable, you will be informed at the time of consultation or when a complication becomes evident during or after treatment. Dr. Marmo uses local anesthesia to eliminate discomfort. You will be able to drive home after your treatment, and you probably will be comfortable returning to your normal routine.

An example of a healthy tooth
Healthy Tooth
A tooth anatomy diagram highlighting pulp dentin and canal
Tooth Anatomy
A visual of tooth inflammation showing tooth decay and an inflamed pulp
Inflammation
A representation of a tooth with its canals cleaned
Cleaned Canals
An illustration of root canal filling of a tooth
Filling Placed
An example of a tooth healed by root canal therapy
Healed Tooth

Endodontic Presentation

To provide you with a better understanding of endodontic therapy, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to root canals are discussed.

Endodontic Presentation

What happens after treatment?

When your root canal therapy has been completed, a record of your treatment will be sent to your restorative dentist. You should contact their office for a follow-up restoration within a few weeks of completion at our office. Your restorative dentist will decide on what type of restoration is necessary to protect your tooth. It is rare for endodontic patients to experience complications after routine endodontic treatment or microsurgery. If a problem does occur we are here to help. 

How much will a root canal cost?

The cost associated with root canals can vary depending on factors such as the severity of damage to the affected tooth and which tooth is affected. In general, endodontic treatment is much less expensive than tooth removal and replacement with an artificial tooth.

 
 

Myths About Root Canals and Root Canal Pain

There are many misconceptions surrounding root canal (endodontic) treatment and whether patients experience root canal pain. The American Association of Endodontists wants you to have accurate information. As always, when considering any medical procedure, you should get as much information as you can about all of your options. Your dentist or  endodontist can answer many of your questions, and if you still have concerns, it is often wise to seek a second opinion.


Myth #1—Root canal treatment is painful.

TruthRoot canal treatment doesn’t cause pain, it relieves it.

The perception of root canals being painful began decades ago but with modern technologies and anesthetics, root canal treatment today is no more uncomfortable than having a filling placed. In fact, a recent survey showed that patients who have experienced root canal treatment are six times more likely to describe it as “painless” than patients who have not had root canal treatment.

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Myth #2—Root canal treatment causes illness.

Truth—Root canal treatment does not cause illness.

The myth: Patients searching the Internet for information on root canals may find sites claiming that teeth receiving root canal (endodontic) treatment contribute to the occurrence of illness and disease in the body. This false claim is based on long-debunked and poorly designed research performed in the 1920s by Dr. Weston A. Price, at a time before medicine understood the causes of many diseases.  

There is no valid, scientific evidence linking root canal-treated teeth and disease elsewhere in the body.  In 1951, the Journal of the American Dental Association publishing a special edition reviewing the scientific literature and shifted the standard of practice back to endodontic treatment for teeth with a non-vital pulp.  The JADA reviewed Dr. Price’s research techniques from the 1920s and noted that they lacked many aspects of modern scientific research, including absence of proper control groups and induction of excessive doses of bacteria.  As recently as 2013, research published in JAMA Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery, found that patients with multiple endodontic treatments had a 45 percent reduced risk of cancer.

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Myth #3—A good alternative to root canal treatment is extraction (pulling the tooth).

Truth—Saving your natural teeth, if possible, is the very best option.

Nothing can completely replace your natural tooth.  Endodontic treatment, along with an appropriate restoration, is a cost-effective way to treat teeth with a damaged pulp and is usually less expensive than extraction and placement of a bridge or an implant.  Endodontic treatment has a very high success rate allowing patients to keep their natural teeth for a lifetime.  If your dentist recommends extraction, ask whether root canal treatment is an option.  

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Newtown Endodontics

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Excellent! No pain

- Barb L

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Doctor and staff made a stressful procedure very tolerable.

- Christine C

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Very efficient. Gentle and relatively pain free.

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Very pleased. All staff were very helpful and courteous. The doctor was very efficient and gentle. The procedure was much less uncomfortable than I had feared. Thank you!

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Very friendly, and professional

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Very friendly, clean and organized!

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I was referred to Dr. Marmo by my dentist, Dr. Reddy, who is an incredible dentist. I needed a root canal prior to surgery ASAP and Franny made it happen by rearranging other appointments. I feel blessed to have found this doctor. My experience was so exceptional. Dr. Marmo even called me the next day to check in to see if I was ok. When was the last time that happened? I have nothing but positive things to say. Thank you so much.

- Kathy B

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This was easily the best experience I have had at either a dentist or endodontist. Dr. Marmo and his staff were professional, courteous, and reassuring during every step of the process from getting an appointment on the same day I had a dental emergency to the procedure itself. I was surprised at how quick and painless the procedure was and I certainly appreciated the care and professionalism that Dr. Marmo and his staff displayed. I would absolutely recommend this practice and would certainly go back in the future if need be.

- Alex G

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Dr. Marmo is an excellent and caring doctor. My root canal procedure was pain free. I did not even feel the needle of novocaine. I was very relaxed. I had no pain or discomfort after the procedure either. His assistant and office staff are also very professional and caring. I was very grateful for their excellent care. If you need a root canal procedure done, go to Dr. Marmo - he is awesome! Sincerely, Virginia Lee, Langhorne, PA

- Virginia L

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Everyone here is just wonderful. Thank you.

- Barbara D

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Very smoothe process, didn’t even know it was a root canal...

- Christine S

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Courteous staff, calm atmosphere, felt comfortable & pain free throughout entire procedure

- Tami C

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Very pleasant experience! I feel asleep during my root canal

- Dee E

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Great service and painless.

- Leslie L

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Excellent and very professional doctor and staff. Dr. Marmo were very gentle.

- Donna G

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Very gentile and so kind

- Courtney E

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Dr. Marmo and his experienced staff made me feel very relaxed and they helped to decrease my anxiety over the procedure.

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The entire staff is very professional. I would highly recommend!

- Jaclyn C

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Highly recommend. Gentle, painless and professional.

- Lisa S

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Great experience! Everyone is very friendly and makes you feel at ease. Was not nervous about the procedure. Very clean and taking great precautions against Covid. Highly recommend!

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