Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I need a root canal?

Root canal treatment is necessary when the pulp becomes inflamed, infected, or injured due to trauma.  The most common reasons for inflammation or infection are deep cavities, fillings, or cracks.  If pulp inflammation is left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to serious infection.   Root canal treatment involves making a small opening in the top of the tooth, removing the affected pulp, disinfecting the canal and filling the space with an inert material. This procedure is followed by placing a permanent restoration (filling) which allows the tooth to function normally. 

Will the procedure be painful?

Dr. Marcello will make every effort to make you comfortable. Our goal is to return you to a normal lifestyle as quickly as possible. Most procedures are pain free due to modern day anesthetics. Pain addressed in an early manner is more manageable than in an emergency situation. Initially, one may feel some sensitivity or the tooth may feel different following treatment, but this will subside in a few days. The biggest predictor of post-operative pain is pre-operative pain

Why Should I save my tooth?

Root canal treatment will often prevent extraction of a tooth which can cause a shift in alignment of teeth.  Maintaining your natural teeth is functionally important as well as economically important.  If indicated, root canal treatment and permanent restoration generally costs less than a bridge or implant.

Financial Policy

We believe that patients appreciate being informed of our payment policy prior to treatment.  Since some endodontic treatments are completed in one visit, a deposit is due at the time of service, unless other arrangements have been made.  As a courtesy to our patients, we will fill out your insurance claim for you.  However, the filing of insurance is not a guarantee of payment.   Therefore, the patient is responsible for the final payment. 

For your convenience, we accept visa, mastercard, discover, personal check, cash and also offer payment plans. Learn more about financing here. 

How can I learn more?

The American Association of Endodontist website that has excellent educational videos on root canal procedures. Visit to learn more.

About Dr. Marcello

Dr. Marcello was born and raised in Raceland, LA. He graduated from E.D. White High School, then continued his education at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge earning a Bachelor of Science degree. In 2008, Dr. Marcello graduated from LSU dental school in New Orleans. After graduation, he attended the University of Washington School of Dentistry in Seattle, WA. Dr. Marcello earned his certificate in endodontics and a Masters of Science in Dentistry.


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117 St. Michael St.
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