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Dr. Darren Smolkin DDS Los Angeles, CA

Phone: (213) 386-3348
Fax:      (213) 386-3357
E-mail:  info@lasmilesdentist.com

Website: http://www.midwilshiredentistry.com

 

Mid Wilshire Dentistry
3460 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 210
Los Angeles, CA 90010

 

Dr. Darren Smolkin, DDS received his undergraduate degree from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery from McGill University and completed his graduate training in endodontics (root canal therapy) from the University of Southern California in 1997. His goal is “to provide the highest quality of pain-free dental treatment.” Dr. Smolkin uses the latest in technology to perform root canal therapy that allows treatment to be more predictable and completed in less time.

Thursday
Oct172013

Trauma to Teeth, With Dr. Darren Smolkin, Mid Wilshire Dentistry, Los Angeles, California

If a tooth is knocked out, the most important thing to do is keep the tooth healthy so a dentist can put it back in the mouth.  Dr. Darren Smolkin, dentist with Mid Wilshire Dentistry, in Los Angeles, California, says that best thing to do is put the tooth in a bag or in a cup of milk and head over to the dentist within 2-3 hours, to insure the best changes of success in putting the tooth back into the mouth.

A chipped tooth that has turned black after the trauma are signs that the nerves has started to die and the discoloration is from the dead nerve inside.  Dr. Smolkin says it's more than likely that a root canal will need to be performed and once inside the tooth, it can be bleached to get rid of the discoloration.

For children playing sports, there are different mouth guards available but Dr. Smolkin recommends a custom-made mouth guard, which is made to fit the teeth perfectly so you have a much better chance of protecting the teeth should trauma occur.  The small extra cost of a custom-made mouth guard compared to one available in a store will be highly beneficial in reducing and preventing the risk of damage to your child's permanent teeth, he says.

Dr. Darren Smolkin is an endodontist with Mid Wilshire Dental Care in Los Angeles, California and is a leading sleep expert with Sleep Better TV, providing online, on-demand, sleep disorder breathing video content.

Tuesday
Jul232013

Root Canals, With Dr. Darren Smolkin, Endodontist at Mid Wilshire Dental Care, Los Angeles, California

A root canal is a dental procedure where the nerve is removed from the tooth.  This occurs when the nerve is affected and there's pain or an infection, says Dr. Darren Smolkin, endodontist with Mid Wilshire Dental Care in Los Angeles, California.

One of the most common causes needing a root canal, according to Dr. Smolkin, is a deep cavity that goes into the nerve.  Also, patients can have trauma or excessive crowns or fillings, in which the nerve has died off after experiencing so much trauma.

The root canal procedure requires a local anesthetic and Dr. Smolkin says that patients shouldn't experience any pain during the procedure.  For 2-3 days following the procedure, some mild soreness is typical for a patient to experience that can easily be treated with ibuprofen. 

If there is trauma to a tooth, such as a chipped tooth, the tooth can turn black, which is caused by the nerve dying, disintegrating the blood supply to the tooth, causing the discoloration.  Dr. Smolkin recommends going to a dental practitioner as soon as possible following trauma to get a root canal to clean the dead tissue so the tooth can return to its natural color.  If that doesn't happen, Dr. Smolkin will put a crown or veneer on the tooth.

Dr. Darren Smolkin is an endodontist with Mid Wilshire Dental Care in Los Angeles, California and is a leading sleep expert with Sleep Better TV, providing online, on-demand, sleep disorder breathing video content.