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Caring for your teeth is one of the best ways you can maintain your overall health. A healthy smile is important not just for aesthetic purposes, but also to enable you to chew, speak, and function in your everyday life.

When teeth are damaged and begin to decay, it leads to tremendous pain. Nerves and blood vessels are affected, and the pain can make you feel terrible. All of this can be avoided with proper dental care. If you find yourself in the situation where a tooth has advanced decay and requires are root canal, there is no better place to receive care than at Pasadena Smile Center.

What is a Root Canal?

As a tooth becomes infected, infection penetrates past the tooth enamel into deeper layer of the tooth, the dentin. As the infection progresses and inflammation advances, the infection eventually reaches the root nerve of the tooth. By the time the infection has reached this phase, damage to the tooth structure is irreversible. As the nerve of the tooth begins to die, you will experience increased pain and swelling.

A root canal is a dental procedure designed to treat and save severely damaged or infected teeth. A root canal includes removing the soft inner layer of the tooth including any affected nerve tissue. Once that step is performed, the inside of the tooth is cleaned to be sure it is free from bacteria, filled, and sealed in order to safeguard against further damage or decay.

How Does Tooth Decay Begin?

A healthy tooth has a hard outer shell that protects it from damage from chewing, acids in foods, and other damage. This shell is called enamel. Just under the enamel is a softer layer called dentin. This part of the tooth is “alive.”

When your teeth are exposed to sugars or acids, those compounds attack the outer layer of enamel and can leave a chalky-looking white spot. If left untreated, the enamel will begin to decay, leaving the dentin exposed. From here, decay and infection can spread to the inside chamber of the tooth where soft tissue, nerves, and blood vessels are found.

How to Avoid Needing a Root Canal

Good oral hygiene is essential in ensuring your teeth do not sustain damage or begin to decay. Here are a few things you can do to ensure the ongoing health of your teeth and gums to avoid a root canal:

  • Brush your teeth carefully with a soft tooth brush at least twice each day. Brushing your teeth for at least two minutes is necessary to ensure you thoroughly clean all surfaces.
  • Floss your teeth at least once per day (if not more). Flossing allows you to get into hard-to-reach places that cannot be reached by brushing alone.
  • An apple a day? Eating crunchy fruits and vegetables provides additional friction against your teeth. The fiber in these foods acts as an abrading agent against your teeth, sweeping away plaque and food particles.
  • Follow the recommended schedule for professional cleanings and checkups. Allowing a dental professional to maintain your teeth is imperative in keeping your mouth healthy.
  • Don’t ignore problems. If you find you have pain, infections, toothaches, or other dental problems, it is never a good idea to ignore them. Contact your dentist immediately to make sure everything inside your mouth remains as healthy as possible.
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At the Pasadena Smile Center, we recognize that each patient is unique. Our dentists strive to combine the best oral care you can find in Pasadena with a friendly, welcoming environment where patients of all ages feel comfortable and cared for. Schedule a consultation today with arguably the best dentist in Pasadena, CA.

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

May 2020

Dear Valued Patient:

We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:

  • All patients must wear a mask when entering the office.
  • Anyone accompanying you will be asked to wait in their vehicle.
  • Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You’ll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.
  • Upon arrival at your appointment your temperature will be taken for the safety of all staff and patients.
  • Prior to receiving treatment you will be asked to rinse with an antimicrobial for a minimum of 30 seconds
  • We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.
  • You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
  • UV Air purifiers have been placed throughout the office.
  • Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you’re offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
  • We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time, so we ask that you do your best to be on time.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at (626)798-7834 or visit our website at pasadenasmilecenter@yahoo.com.

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.


Sincerely, Niloufar Molayem, D.D.S. & Team

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