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Root Canal Therapy by Your Culver City Dentist

The Importance of Root Canals

Root CanalsMake no mistake — root canals are not the completely fearsome dental procedure of days past. The discomfort and stigma associated with root canal therapy is a long outdated dental myth. Root canals these days are rather quick, relatively painless, and incredibly helpful. That's because they can save teeth that would otherwise need to be extracted and replaced — and saving your natural teeth is always the best option! Thanks to modern dental technology, your root canal can be completed by your Culver City dentist in just one visit by one of the friendly, experienced doctors at Picasso Smiles. Most importantly, once the treatment is complete, you'll be relieved from the pain that caused you to need a root canal in the first place!


Root Canal Therapy

The proper dental terminology for a "root canal" is root canal therapy — also known as endodontic therapy. This procedure is required when the small amount of tissue in the middle of a tooth becomes infected, typically caused by tooth decay.


The phrase root canal actually refers to the tiny space, or canal, that houses this soft tissue in the root of a tooth. In most cases, root canal therapy only requires local anesthesia (normal dental numbing), that can be administered by your trusted Culver City dentist. However, our office can provide nitrous oxide (commonly referred to as “laughing gas”) and oral sedation . During the procedure, the soft tissue inside the tooth is removed and the entire space is disinfected. The space is then filled and sealed with a material to prevent reinfection from occurring.


Root Canal Retreatment

Root canal therapy has an extremely high success rate, but there are some instances that the root canal therapy must be retreated. This procedure is very similar to the first time root canal therapy. It involves removing the material filling in the root canal space where the soft tissue once resided. The space is then disinfected and filled with a material just as it was during the first root canal therapy.


Importance of Good Oral Hygiene

Most importantly, needing a root canal can almost always be avoided by utilizing good oral hygiene. Brushing twice a day, flossing daily, using oral rinses, as well as drinking plenty of water all play a very important role in staving off plaque, tooth decay, and gum disease. Visiting your Culver City dentist for regular check-ups will also help, since your dentist will be able to identify potential issues before they become more serious.


Make an Appointment with your Culver City Dentist Today!

If you’ve been needing to schedule a check-up with your Culver City dentist, don’t delay — contact us today and schedule your appointment. We’d also be happy to answer any questions you may have in regards to a variety of our other dental treatments, such as veneers or dental implants. Our friendly staff is looking forward to meeting you and help ensure you and your family have healthy smiles for years to come!