Laurel L. Trotter, DDS -  - Dentist

Artistic Center for Dentistry

Laurel L. Trotter, DDS

Dentist located in Santa Monica, CA

Endodontics

Dr. Trotter is well regarded for her expertise in root canal therapy and other endodontic procedures, helping patients in and around Santa Monica, CA, preserve their natural teeth, avoid tooth loss and correct significant damage from decay and trauma.

Endodontics

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a procedure that removes decay and damage in the central portion of the tooth called the pulp. The pulp is where tooth nerves and blood vessels that nourish the tooth are found. Sometimes, deep decay or trauma can damage this area of the tooth to an extent that a simple filling is not enough to perform a good repair. Root canal uses special techniques and materials to address these deep issues and help preserve the natural tooth.

How are root canals performed?

Root canals are performed in much the same way as a traditional drilling before a cavity is filled, but they use special tools to reach deeper into the tooth for more extensive damage. Once the decay or damaged area is removed, the canal is filled and sealed. Sometimes, an onlay or crown will be placed over the tooth to provide additional protection.

Is a root canal better than an extraction?

Yes, it's almost always a better choice to preserve a natural tooth whenever possible to avoid other potentially serious issues, including additional tooth loss, that can occur once a tooth is extracted.

Will I have a lot of pain afterward?

Today's root canal procedures use the most advanced techniques and analgesics to minimize discomfort both during and after the procedure. In fact, many patients find they have little to no discomfort, and any discomfort that is experienced can be treated with over-the-counter or prescription pain medications.

Will I need a crown or cap?

Sometimes when damage is very extensive, a crown may be needed to ensure the tooth remains strong. Also, once the pulp is removed, a tooth may turn grayish in color, and a crown can be used to help it look healthy and natural. Dr. Trotter can determine if a crown would be a good choice for you during your office evaluation.

Insurance and Finance Options

Dr. Trotter accepts most major insurance plans. CareCredit is also available. Apply here.

For questions regarding payment options, please feel free to call the office.

Aetna
Ameritas
Blue Cross
Cigna
Connection Dental
Delta Dental
Dental Health Alliance
Guardian
Humana
Principal Financial Group
Location
Artistic Center for Dentistry
1531 6th Street, Suite 100
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone: 310-819-9545
Fax: 310-393-2307
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310-819-9545