Who we are
The doctor that cares for your comfort
Alen C. Jakob, DMD
About Your Endodontist
Dr. Jakob is a specialist member of the American Association of Endodontists, American Dental Association, and Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity.
Academics aside, Dr. Jakob is also fun to be around! He is a seasoned BMX bike rider, and an avid swimmer and kayaker. Follow our instagram page @dralenjakob to learn more about us and see what we do!
Why Choose us
We have the experience, skill, and in-depth knowledge to treat even the most complicated cases.
We are acclaimed for our state-of-the-art technology and advanced equipment and procedures.
We have the passion and the compassion.
We are a dedicated staff that provides warm care and compassion.
We love getting positive results and reaching 100% patient satisfaction!
ABOUT OUR TEAM
At Midtown Root canal the entire team is dedicated to providing our patients with a service that is catered to each individual’s needs. The team is trained to understand that completion of root canal treatment should not be a race. It takes time, patience, and focus to produce quality treatment and a positive patient experience. Our team is determined to make your root canal experience a pleasant one! Registration begins at the comfort of your home and is completed with your signature upon arrival at our office. Our team will guide you along the entire process, from registration, treatment, and to post-op care, our goal is to ensure you have a comfortable root canal experience from start to finish!
MRC Practice Manager
We are thrilled to have Rachel on our team as MRC’s practice manager. She offers our patients the utmost in care with her warmth, diligence, and patience. With a Master’s of Science in Oriental Medicine and having previously run an acupuncture practice, she brings with her a wealth of knowledge in practice management and healthcare. Her holistic approach to care and attention to detail has helped engender a practice that is at the forefront of patient care.
MRC Surgical Assistant
Our practice is grateful for Karol’s daily presence, as not only does she have great taste in music but she consistently showers everyone with love. Her warmth, positive energy, and ease in care has made Karol a patient favorite! She hails from the Dominican Republic and brings with her a wealth of knowledge in dentistry. Karol graduated with a degree in dentistry from the Universidad Odontologica Dominicana in 2009. She has future goals to attend dental school in the USA.
MRC Office Coordinator and Officer of Technology
Max is a recent graduate of Yeshiva University having earned a Bachelors in Biology. He was president of his pre-dental society and plans to attend dental school in the near future. His kind and giving nature contribute to the calm office environment we strive to maintain. He has a love for fixing things which has gained him the title as our Officer of Technology. We’d like to congratulate Max on his recent marriage to Rebecca!
About Our Office
Midtown Root Canal, was founded by Dr. Alen C. Jakob in 2016 out of a desire to develop a new kind of specialty dental practice. One that is committed to excellence in modern endodontics and one that recognizes the difficulties individuals face when choosing to see a root canal specialist. With our state-of-the-art technology and astute diagnostic techniques, our patients undergo a thorough evaluation prior to any procedure. Saving teeth is our specialty and we are confident that our steadfast focus on diagnosis will get to the root of your problem!
About Our Location
Midtown Root Canal is conveniently located directly adjacent to the iconic Bryant Park, NYC Public Library, 5th avenue shopping, and Times Square. The big apple has it all, including a specialist who cares!
Grand Central Station- 4,5,6,S,MetroNorth Trains
Bryant Park-42nd ST- B,D,F,M,7 Trains
Times Square-42nd ST- N,Q,R,S,W,1,2,3,7 Trains
Our Patients Speak Out
NYC is at the forefront of modernization and so are we! We absolutely love what we do and bring the most up to date technology and techniques to provide you with the best possible care. We’ve seen countless successful treatment outcomes and satisfied patients that are a testament to this fact.
We invite you to see what our patients are saying!
“I can’t recommend Dr Jakob highly enough. He did what I thought was, and my general dentist confirmed was, a spectacular job. Dr Jakob is calming, thoughtful and thorough in his approach. I really can’t imagine having had a better experience. And virtually no discomfort after a complicated procedure. If there’s a gold standard for root canals, this is it.”
“Highly highly recommend. Should have been a painful and uncomfortable procedure but they make everything easy – and do great work. Even went so far as to text me the next day to see how I was doing. They care, and it really shows.
Dental chair has a beautiful view of Bryant Park.”
“Dr. Jakob is by far the best at what he does. He’s incredibly kind, professional, and is likely the only endodontist who can make a complicated root canal enjoyable. Highly, highly recommend.”
– Xenia P.
“Best endodontist, best team, best dental work. 🙂 You won’t ever feel pain, whether during, or after the procedures. His work /hands are so light that you will most likely fall asleep … dreaming of better days and better teeth. Haha.”
“I was traveling and needed an endodontist for an emergency root canal due to a suddenly infected tooth. Dr. Jakob’s wonderful staff was very understanding and was able to fit me in despite my limiting travel schedule. Once I came in, I realized that the genuine kindness and care extended throughout the entire staff all the way up to the doctor. Dr. Jakob took the time to answer any and all questions, had a very gentle and professional touch, and made sure to make the whole procedure as painless as possible (literally!—I was truly amazed at how smooth and painless a root canal could possibly be!). Needless to say, I hope my teeth always remain healthy, but if I ever do need another root canal, I would unhesitatingly travel halfway around the world just to have it done by Dr. Jakob. He has earned my trust, respect, and highest recommendation.”
– Paul A.
“Dr Jakob is highly competent, knowledgeable and professional. My experience in his office was excellent. He knew how to treat my conditions, he was honest and confident. My root canal was the easiest dentist treatment I have ever received. I felt no pain during the procedure nor after. His staff is very careful and competent as well. His office is clean, and has state of the art equipment. His administrative staff is also very kind and professional. I can only speak highly of Dr Jakob and his practice, and I will recommend him to anyone forever.”
What is an Endodontist?
Endodontists are root canal specialists. In practical terms, they are specialists in saving teeth. They perform root canals by disinfecting and sealing the inner most chambers of your tooth and are committed to ensuring that your tooth will last as long as biologically possible. They have advanced academic and clinical training, state-of-the-art technology, and utilize specialized techniques to ensure that you receive the highest standard in care with the best results. The goal is to ensure a lifetime of healthy natural teeth!
Why see an Endodontist?
There is no substitute to your natural tooth. First-rate endodontic care is the holistic approach. It is highly effective in keeping your tooth and body healthy and in relieving you of your pain. It belongs to you and was designed to function optimally for you. Any replacement has its own potential issues and is simply foreign to your body no matter how well it is made. Alternative options such as dental implants, flippers, and bridges, should be reserved for teeth that are hopeless in saving. A simple diagnostic examination can answer your questions. Talk to our specialist before extracting any tooth!
When to see an Endodontist?
If you have sensitivity to hot or cold, pain to biting, an abscess, or an injured tooth visit an endodontist. Often a chronic infection can develop and go unnoticed for many months! Prolonging root canal treatment will further increase infection and iquis a ticking time bomb for pain to erupt. A general dentist will refer you to an endodontist to diagnose and treat dental emergencies, difficult to manage pain, technically and biologically complex root canals, difficulty with anesthesia, or any other condition that presents particular challenges.
How do I know if my tooth needs a root canal treatment?
The need for root canal treatment is determined by your endodontist through a series of tests and X-Ray and/or CT scan (3D imaging) readings. One of the first obvious subjective signs is the onset of pain. Tooth pain can range in intensity from mild to severe, and oftentimes there is no pain at all. It can have a sudden or gradual onset, can be constant or intermittent in frequency, spontaneous or exacerbated when biting, and/or sensitive to temperature changes such as to hot or cold. Referred pain down the side of your jaw or up to the temple region is common for inflamed and temperature sensitive teeth that have had recent deep fillings or from older and decayed fillings. Regional swelling and pain to touch and/or biting is a common sign of a failing older root canal treatment.
Why should I save my tooth?
There is no substitute to your natural tooth. High quality endodontic treatment is highly effective in allowing you to keep your own tooth for a very long time. It belongs to you and was designed to function optimally for you. Any replacement has its own potential issues and is simply foreign to your body no matter how well it is made. Alternative options such as dental implants, flippers, and bridges should be reserved for teeth that are hopeless in saving. A simple diagnostic examination can answer your questions. Just because a tooth has failing older root canal does not mean that root canals don’t work. Proper and thorough disinfection and sealing of a tooth should allow your root canal treatment to last pain and infection free for decades. Talk to your endodontic specialist before extracting any tooth!
Is root canal treatment painful?
The answer is NO. However, there are two factors that contribute to stories and tales of painful root canal experiences, but this doesn’t have to be the case!
- Experience and training of the treatment provider in administering local anesthetic: To have the most comfortable and pain-free root canal procedure, it is crucial that your treatment provider be able to administer the right type, right location, right order, and right amount of anesthetic specific to your tooth infection. Understanding the differences in types of infections (the endodontic diagnosis) will dictate the anesthetic protocol needed to achieve maximal comfort and a pain free root canal experience.
- Pain prior to your visit: The duration and pain level of the tooth’s infection at the time you seek care will determine how uncomfortable the treatment is likely to be. This is the reason we always stress early endodontic intervention.
Will it hurt after treatment?
Pain after treatment is dependent upon your pain level prior to your visit. If you’re coming in with pain, the greater the chance pain will persist for a few days afterwards. Again, another reason why early intervention is to your benefit! However, have no fear, as the goal at Midtown Root Canal is to help you get out of pain and fast! The procedure itself would be virtually painless and with proper management and following the doctor’s prescription plan (pain medication and/or antibiotics), maximal post treatment pain relief can be achieved.
The general rule is that if you know that you need a root canal, do not delay treatment longer than you need to! The onset of pain from an already known infected tooth can occur at any time without notice. If you receive root canal treatment prior to the onset of pain, you’ve done yourself a great service. In this instance, the chance for post-op pain is reduced to mild or no pain at all in the majority of cases.
My general dentist does root canals, can’t I just see them for the procedure? Why does it matter who I see for root canal treatment?
Experience. Training. Knowledge. This makes all the difference. Only 4% of dentists are trained endodontists. What this means is that they’ve completed an additional 2-3 years of residency beyond dental school and their focus is primarily ROOT CANALS. In many cases, you can save your tooth, and the specialist who can save your tooth is an endodontist.
Approximately, 50% percent of the cases seen in our office are repairing failing root canals non-surgically (Root Canal Retreatment) or surgically (Apicoectomy). Therefore, you want to get it done right, the first time! Endodontists with their extensive training can treat the most complicated to the more straightforward root canals more predictably and comfortably.
It should be stressed that even the more straightforward of root canals require patience and diligence to accomplish total disinfection of the tooth for the purpose of maximizing long term results. Check to make sure that your endodontic specialist has the latest in equipment and technology in their office. Microscopes and CT scans are essential tools used in modern endodontics. It will provide the most accurate diagnosis and the clearest visual of the operating field to ensure a thoroughly treated tooth. See the technology section for more information on the latest technology at Midtown Root Canal.
Why are some root canals more complicated to treat than others?
Root Canal anatomy represents an extreme and rugged environment that needs to be cautiously navigated even by the most masterful of navigators. Some variances include canal calcifications, obstructions, and sharp canal curvatures. Tough tissue contents may also impede the path along the length of the root canal space that needs to be cleaned. Other times canals may join or split from each other. These factors make each root canal treatment highly variable and personal.
How many visits does it take to do a root canal?
Root canals typically take 1-2 visits. At Midtown Root Canal we provide evidence-based care. What this means is that we adhere to principals of biology, bacteriology, and wound healing to determine the optimal number of treatment visits. About 50% of cases, should be performed in one visit while the other 50% require 2-3 visits. With advanced infections or retreatment of root canals it is often in the patients’ best interest to have the treatment split into 2 visits to allow for additional disinfection protocols that will increase the chances for successful outcomes (disinfecting the tooth two times is better than doing it one time in advanced infections). In addition, Dr. Jakob places a special calcium based medication in between visits that can enhance the tooth’s level of disinfection.
Do You have to be put to sleep for a root canal?
Not at all! Most patients doze off on their own during our root canal procedures. All that is necessary is a simple local anesthetic injection.
How are root canal performed?
With love, tremendous patience, and the determination to disinfect the heck out of your tooth so that the infection will not return. We know that our root canals can serve you as well as any healthy tooth in your mouth. This can only be achieved by employing the highest standards in disinfection, and with extreme diligence in locating, cleaning, and sealing ALL of the canals in your tooth.
Diagnosis is the first step. If root canal treatment is deemed necessary after a thorough clinical exam, the first phase of treatment is administration of a local anesthetic. We gently get you numb so you don’t feel a thing throughout the entire procedure. Dr. Jakob has extensive training and experience in getting the most difficult and painful teeth numb enough to make any root canal procedure painless. In fact, the majority of our patients report being bored or falling asleep. That’s how painless the whole procedure is! A small opening is then made through the top part of the tooth to gain access to the root canals. The infected pulp is removed with specialized instruments. Disinfecting solutions are then utilized to ensure that the canals are thoroughly cleaned of infected tissue. Once the canals are completely disinfected, they are then sealed with a biologically compatible sealer to prevent reinfection. A strong temporary filling is then placed, and your tooth is now ready for your general dentist to restore with a core buildup and/or crown.
Why do root canals fail?
Root canals will fail due to many different factors. The main cause is poor disinfection of the root canal space. The most important step is locating all of the canal spaces in the tooth. If any canal passageway is left untreated, the infection will invariably return (often you will only notice the problem a few years after a poorly done job). Poor instrumentation and the inability to reach down to the very end of the root canal will leave bacteria and infected tissues in the tooth that are primed to then infect the bone surrounding your tooth. In addition, poor disinfection techniques will not get the infection out in its entirety. At Midtown Root Canal Dr. Jakob spends the majority of the treatment time cleaning out the tooth in its entirety and completely removing the source of infection.
Can I go to work after Root Canal Treatment?
Yes. Most patients have no issue returning to work following treatment. The numbness in your jaw will typically dissipate in 1-2 hrs following treatment. Any numbness should not prevent most people from continuing with their work day. Pain is typically minimal and if needed can be alleviated with over the counter pain medication.
What can I eat after Root Canal Treatment?
After each appointment when anesthetic has been used, your lips, teeth and tongue may be numb for several hours. Avoid chewing on the side of the treated tooth until the numbness has completely worn off. A hard-temporary filling is usually placed in between appointments or after completion of the root canal. The tooth is usually reduced in height to protect the tooth from fracturing between completion of treatment at our office and the time that a crown (and or composite buildup) is placed on the tooth by your general dentist. To help keep your temporary in place, avoid chewing sticky foods (especially gum) and avoid eating very hard foods and hard substances such as ice, nuts, fingernails, and pencils. If possible, chew only on the opposite side of your mouth.
Can you tell me about my tooth and it’s structure?
The human tooth consists of one or more roots and a crown that make up the entire tooth’s structure. The roots contain small passageways called root canals that contain nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue, that make up the pulp, the live innermost part of the tooth.
In a healthy tooth, the natural bacteria that live inside your mouth does not invade the pulp. However, when someone has a deep cavity or a microcrack in the tooth, these bacteria can invade and inflame the pulp. When this occurs, symptoms such as pain, sensitivity to hot and/or cold, and pain to biting can develop. When these symptoms arise, it is time to see an endodontist.