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 a 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

5 out of 5 stars based on 101 Root Canal Treatment reviews.

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Awesome! Highly recommend Dr.Marmo and his pleasant staff. The office is spotless.

- Susan F

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If I could give more than a 5 star rating I would. Dr Marmo & staff are super friendly. Dr Marmo made my procedure ( almost enjoyable ) as much as a root canal can be. Excellent!

- Jodi A

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It was such a calming experience. I was very nervous before the procedure, but it went very well. The doctor and stuff were so great.

- Bria L

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Dr. Marmo is just wonderful. Painless, patient and genuinely caring about his patients comfort and feelings. He has done two root canals for me and words cannot express my satisfaction with my experiences in his office. And this includes the kindness and caring of his staff.Best staff and Dr.I would highly recommend This office to anyone in need of these services.

- Laura N

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Very good

- Joseph D

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Would highly recommend Dr.Marmo it was a wonderful experience and his staff is very friendly.

- Rosemary T

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Quick and gentle!

- Jackie S

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Gentle and quick.

- Joan P

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OMG! If you ever need endotonic treatment, don’t hesitate to call Dr. Marmo and his awesome staff! From the minute I made the appointment, then walked into the office, and throughout the entire procedure, my experience was better than I ever expected. Dr. Marmo has a very calming personality and his assistant is top notch in her demeanor and skilled hands. The synchronization between those two during the procedure is unprecedented; they don’t have to speak because they just know how to implement. Take it from me, a true dentalphobic, this is the best place to have this type of treatment performed.

- Charlene M

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AMAZING!!! First time here and was completely terrified to say the least. The staff and Dr. Marmo were so amazing, they took their time to calm my nerves. Towards the end of the procedure I felt as though I was falling asleep. I would highly recommend!!

- Jennifer S

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A breeze compared to what one might expect. A testament to Dr Marlow’s skill. Will definitely recommend.

- William C

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Dr. Marmo was one of the best doctors I have ever seen. He was so very kind before, during and after the procedure

- Catherine D

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Entire staff was very professional, friendly, and caring for patient. The next day follow up phone call from the Doctor was awesome. Highly recommended practice.

- Joseph C

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Very calm and ensures no pain

- Yvonne P

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Dr M was very gentle in the procedure.

- Margo B

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Everything went smoothly. I’m pleased with the result.

- Ralph E

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Very kind and gentle experience. Everyone was so nice and took time to make sure I was comfortable and pain free. Relaxing office setting.

- Susan S

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Very kind and gentle procedure

- Richard T

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This was a great experience

- Beth P

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Best treatment received

- Babji R

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