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Root Canal

Do you have a tooth that is aching, sensitive, or cracked? Root canal treatment may be necessary to save your tooth.

At Designing Smiles in Hackensack, NJ, Dr. Judith Mamah and her team offer comfortable, high-tech root canal therapy.

If you suspect that you might need a root canal, request a free consultation with our experienced dentist.

Don't Delay Another Moment

Notice pain, sensitivity to hot or cold, or discolored gums? They're infection symptoms — so act fast. If you're experiencing an emergency, contact our call center which runs until midnight. As soon as our dentists are available, we can update them.

How Do Tooth Infections Happen?

There are multiple reasons why root canal infections can happen. At our Hackensack dental office, we treat them directly at the source, offering help for the problem itself and its causes, like:

Tooth Decay

Over time, plaque and tartar can build up and create a cavity. Minor cavities simply need a filling, but others can progress into an infection in your root canal, requiring endodontic treatment. There's no shame in needing root canal therapy — and our caring team will never judge.

Tooth Trauma

Injuries, tooth grinding, and biting down on hard food can cause tooth breakage. If left untreated, these cracks can allow bacteria into your tooth chamber, leading to an infection of the pulp. In addition to root canal therapy, our dentist can treat related problems, such as providing oral appliance therapy for TMJ disorder.

Gum Disease

Patients with gum disease can be susceptible to adverse side effects, like infections in their root canals. If this condition affects you, our Hackensack, NJ, dentist can help. She performs periodontal therapy to help eliminate gum disease.

Do Root Canals Hurt? We're Happy to Say They Don't

There is a popular misconception that root canals are especially scary and painful dental procedures. Thanks to anesthesia, sedation options, and our modern approach, you can expect that your root canal to be virtually painless.

After your root canal, your treated tooth will be numb for a few hours, and then you might feel some slight discomfort or soreness for a few days. Any pain can be effectively managed with over-the-counter medications.

If you have any concerns about discomfort during your treatment, let Dr. Mamah know during your consultation. She will be happy to answer your questions and take measures to ensure your comfort.

What a Real Patient Had to Say About Their Root Canal Therapy

"A week after my root canal and tooth extraction everything is good. I finished my antibiotics and oral mouthwash. Thank you." Darryl Devose, 5-Star Google Review

Have a Toothache? Let's Take a Look

If you have a painful tooth, you may have a tooth infection. In that case, root canal treatment is required as soon as possible to remove the infected tissue and save the tooth. Schedule a free consultation with Designing Smiles in Hackensack, NJ, today so Dr. Mamah can examine your tooth and recommend the appropriate treatment.

We prioritize patients with emergency needs, and our call center answers until midnight every night.

Get in touch with our team right now by contacting us or by calling:

(201) 343-4302

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Explore Our Industry Affiliations

Our comprehensive practice maintains a wide variety of specialty-related affiliations, covering areas like general dentistry, conscious sedation, and dental implants.

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What Factors Will Influence the Cost of My Root Canal?

Every root canal is different. The price of a root canal will vary based on the location of your infected tooth and the severity of your condition. Seeking help immediately can result in easier, less invasive treatment.

The price that you pay can be impacted by your insurance plan or provider, if you have one. Dental insurance will often cover part or all of the cost of a root canal procedure. Finally, optional sedation will also increase your treatment costs.

How We Ease the Burden of Cost

If our Hackensack patients are dealing with the pain of a root canal, they already have enough stress. We try to alleviate this anxiety in three ways:

Transparent Pricing

At Designing Smiles, our prices are fair and competitive. We will be upfront about the cost of your procedure and provide a quote.

Free Consultations

No matter the dentistry service you need, your initial consultation will always be free. So, there's no financial risk to visiting us for a root canal consultation.

Financing Available

If your insurance won't cover the entire cost of treatment, or if you don't have insurance, take advantage of our financing options. We accept financing through CareCredit®, Wells Fargo, and Cherry.

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We Take Pride In Providing Excellent Dental Experiences


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Elm Ave


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Dr.Mamah and Staff were awesome. They carefully walked me through my careplan so i understood. All of my questions were answered and the pre-op &post-op instructions were in writing as well as verbally explained...I couldn't ask for more. I truly recommend Designing Smiles to anyone who wants great oral care.

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Hackensack, NJ


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Today was my first time at Designing Smiles. The office was nice and clean! The staff were very professional. They made my experience comfortable and painless. I left feeling like WOW this was the best dental experience I ever had! I will definitely return and tell others about my experience!!!

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A Look at Root Canal Therapy

Inside our teeth, we have pulp, which consists of blood vessels, nerves, and other tissues. When bacteria get inside through a crack in the tooth or a cavity, the pulp can become infected or inflamed. It needs to be removed by a dentist as soon as possible to save the tooth and preserve your health. As you can see, the cleaning and treatment process is thorough.

The Root Canal Procedure  Step-by-Step

Dr. Mamah performs root canals at her Hackensack offices. She won't need to refer you to an endodontist, unlike some other dentists.
Dr. Mamah performs root canals at her Hackensack offices. She won't need to refer you to an endodontist, unlike some other dentists.


When you experience dental pain, schedule a free consultation at one of our offices in Hackensack, NJ. Dr. Mamah will examine your teeth and take X-rays to diagnose your condition. You may just have a minor cavity or some other less serious issue. However, if she discovers an infection, she will recommend root canal treatment.


Before your procedure begins, you can choose to undergo sedation to relieve any anxiety you may feel. Once you are comfortable, Dr. Mamah will administer a local anesthetic in the area around your infected tooth.

Root Canal Therapy

Once your tooth is numb, Dr. Mamah will remove decayed tissue from the exterior of the tooth and access the pulp. She will then use specialized endodontic tools to remove the pulp. Next, she will clean and sterilize the interior of the tooth. Finally, she will fill the tooth with a rubber-like substance for support.

Crown Placement

Teeth that undergo root canal treatment typically require dental crowns. Crowns are tooth-shaped prosthetics that cover and protect the natural tooth structure. At the end of your root canal appointment, we'll take impressions of your tooth so a trusted dental lab can produce a crown that precisely fits your bite. You'll wear a temporary crown for a few weeks before you return for a permanent one.

What Happens if You Can't Save My Tooth?

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Dr. Mamah will always prioritize saving your tooth above all else. However, if your tooth is too damaged and must be extracted it may help to know that you have another option: dental implants.

Dental implants are placed in the jawbone to support restorations and provide bone stimulation. Our doctor has the training to place implants herself — something not all dentists can do.

For a fully restored tooth, Dr. Mamah will place a lifelike crown on your implant. That means that even in the most stressful scenario, you can still leave our office with a strong and beautiful smile.

We Create an Environment Patients Are Happy to Visit


Jeffrey Brown

Hackensack, NJ


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I found Designing Smiles randomly in ZocDoc and oh what a surprise! It was like hitting the lottery….the reception staff was polite and courteous; moreover, they were attentive guiding me through the onboarding process. Even more, Hygienist, Becky, was the best I’ve ever had. She prepared me for my exam and answered all my questions. I found her to be quite knowledgeable, and above all friendly. Put me at ease! What is more, she was extremely thorough cleaning my teeth and removed all the stains! I’m so glad I’ve found a dental home.

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leilah blain

Hackensack, NJ


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My experience at designing smiles was 10/10 I am a new patient and my doctors were very clear on a plan for my dental care.

They explained everything to me in a way that makes sense. They made me feel heard and understood when it came to my concerns as well.

If you aren’t getting your dental services at designing smiles then this is your sign to definitely make the switch!

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The team at Designing Smiles

Designing Smiles

Dr. Mamah and her team of dental professionals provide life-changing dental care to the community of Hackensack, NJ. She is a member of a number of prestigious dental associations, including:

  • American Dental Association
  • Academy of General Dentistry 
  • New Jersey Dental Association
  • International Congress of Oral Implantologists
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry

Schedule your consultation by contacting us online or calling us at (201) 343-4302 today.

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"If you are looking for a new Dentist or you need a change, Dr. Mamah and her staff are amazing. I had the greatest experience and felt so relaxed." Debra S.

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