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Root Canals

When tooth decay reaches the pulpy interior of a tooth, you may experience tooth pain or sensitivity to temperature. Root canals allow patients with tooth decay to preserve their original tooth. Ron Nourian, DDS, helps patients with infected roots avoid extractions and further damage with gentle and effective root canal procedures. Enjoy superior results while reducing or eliminating discomfort. Call the Sherman Oaks, California, office today, or schedule an appointment using the online booking tool.

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a procedure to treat decay or trauma that has damaged the central section of the tooth, known as the pulp.

The canals of a tooth extend from the pulp down to the jawbone and hold the blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissues which support the development of the tooth.

Dr. Nourian uses specialized instruments and techniques to access the pulpy interior of the tooth’s canals. When these techniques are used to clean and repair the interior of the tooth, it is referred to as a root canal.

How do I avoid needing a root canal?

Good oral hygiene is essential to preventing the deep damage and tooth decay that requires root canal treatment.

You should brush your teeth, thoroughly, twice a day and floss at least once a day. Make sure to have a professional dental checkup and professional cleaning twice a year at the office of Ron Nourian, DDS. Regular checkups allow Dr. Nourian to identify and treat any issues before more invasive treatments like root canals are needed.

How can I tell if I need a root canal?

Some of the signs that a root canal is needed include:

  • Severe pain when eating or putting pressure on the tooth
  • Lingering sensitivity or pain when a tooth is exposed to hot or cold
  • A pimple like bump on the gums near the painful tooth
  • Darkening or discoloration of a tooth
  • Swelling or soreness in the gums surrounding a painful tooth

If you experience any of these symptoms, schedule a consultation with Dr. Nourian today to see if a root canal is right for you.

Is a root canal painful?

Modern root canal procedures utilize innovative pain management techniques to reduce the amount of pain and discomfort experienced throughout the procedure. You will experience little to no pain during a root canal. 

Dr. Nourian may suggest over-the-counter painkillers to treat any swelling or discomfort following treatment.

Is it better to have a root canal than to have a tooth pulled?

In nearly all cases, the better treatment option is to preserve the natural tooth. Natural teeth have roots which stimulate the continued cycle of bone replacement in the jaw for better oral health.

Additionally, saving a natural tooth is typically much less expensive than having one extracted and replacing it with a restoration device.

If you think you may need a root canal, call Ron Nourian, DDS, or book an appointment online today.


Ron Nourian DDS |
✆ Phone (appointments): 818-964-0204
✆ Phone (general inquiries): 818-986-7531
Address: 4521 Sherman Oaks Ave, Ste 201, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403