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Root Canals

Diana Zinberg, DDS -  - Dentist

Diana Zinberg, DDS

Dentist located in Santa Monica, CA

For more than two decades, Dr. Diana Zinberg has been providing patients with top-quality care. Her compassionate, personal approach has earned her the trust of patients looking for the most advanced treatments to help them maintain the healthiest smiles possible.

Root Canals Q & A

What is a Root Canal?

A root canal is a procedure that removes the interior pulp of the tooth when it becomes infected, decayed or damaged, typically by trauma or multiple restorations. Once the pulp is removed, the canal containing the pulp is cleaned and refilled with a synthetic filler before the tooth is sealed. It's commonly used in place of an extraction, enabling the tooth structure to be saved.

How Can I tell if I Need a Root Canal?

Most people who need root canals will have symptoms such as:

  • persistent sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
  • persistent aching or pain in the tooth or gum
  • pain when biting or chewing food

Ultimately, Dr. Zinberg will be able to tell from the office exam and x-rays if a root canal is a good option for you.

Is it Better to Have a Root Canal than an Extraction?

In most cases, yes. It's almost always better to save a natural tooth whenever possible. When teeth are extracted, neighboring teeth can shift, causing their roots to become loose and allowing infection-causing bacteria more places to take hold. Missing teeth can also cause bite problems and tempomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) which can cause chronic jaw pain and headaches. While dental implants can be used to replace missing teeth, keeping your own teeth is a much simpler and less costly solution.

Are Root Canal Procedures Painful?

Thanks to the state-of-the-art equipment and techniques used by Dr. Zinberg and the rest of her staff, most patients experience no discomfort during the procedure.

Will I have a Lot of Pain After my Procedure?

Most patients report only minimal discomfort which resolves within one to two days after treatment. Discomfort can be managed with over-the-counter medications or prescription medication when needed.



We accept most PPO insurance.

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