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What, exactly, is a root canal?


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At Valley Village Dental, we know one thing no patient likes hearing when visiting our office is “root canal.” But what exactly is a root canal, and when might you need one? A root canal is a treatment Dr. Michelle Grosleib and Dr. James Grosleib use to repair and save a tooth that is infected or badly decayed to the point where the nerve is involved. In the past, if a patient had a tooth with a diseased nerve, dentists in most cases would recommend an extraction. Today, however, with a procedure called root canal therapy, available at our dentist office, you may save that tooth—and your beautiful smile—after all!

Here are some symptoms that indicate a decayed or infected tooth, courtesy of WebMD:

• Severe toothache pain upon chewing, biting or application of pressure
• One tooth consistently more sensitive to hot or cold than other teeth
• Pain that hurts without any stimulus, keeps you awake or wakes you up at night
• A tooth that feels loose
• Discoloration (a darkening) of the tooth
• Pain that persists weeks following a filling or replacement of a filling
• Chronic pain and/or pressure that may extend to the ear, eye or neck

If any of these symptoms apply to you, we recommend you schedule an appointment with Dr. Michelle Grosleib or Dr. James Grosleib.

The best way to avoid a root canal is to practice good oral hygiene at home, and that includes brushing at least twice a day and flossing to reduce plaque and bacteria. For more tips on how to avoid root canal therapy or for general questions about your dental treatment, we invite you to ask Dr. Michelle Grosleib or Dr. James Grosleib during your next visit at our Valley Village office! We also invite you to ask us on Facebook!

We proudly serve patients from Valley Village, Sherman Oaks, Van Nuys, North Hollywood and Studio City, among other surrounding communities here in Los Angeles.

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