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February 25, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Smokers are 70% more likely than nonsmokers to have root canals, researchers from the Boston University's Goldman School of Dental Medicine reported Thursday at an American Medical Assn. briefing. Epidemiologist Elizabeth Krall Kaye and her colleagues studied 811 men who had not initially received a root canal for 30 years, identifying 998 teeth that ultimately required the procedure. Cigar and pipe smoking did not increase the risk. Stopping smoking for nine years returned the risk to normal.
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BUSINESS
August 30, 2013 | By Lisa Zamosky
When Patricia Torres learned she needed a root canal, she wasn't concerned. After all, she had dental insurance. Then the bill arrived. "I was completely shocked and surprised because the bill came in for $750," says the 38-year-old stay-at-home mother from Woodland Hills. Her insurance covered only 50% of the price. Torres' surprise at the size of her bill didn't surprise Jeff Album, vice president of public and government affairs with Delta Dental of California, which sells dental benefits.
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SPORTS
February 9, 1991 | SCOTT MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
No jokes, please, about San Diego State center Marty Dow preferring a trip to the dentist over a trip to Utah. Dow, SDSU's 7-foot-1 center and leading scorer, underwent root canal surgery Friday morning in Salt Lake City after nursing a sore tooth since Tuesday, when he caught an elbow in the mouth during practice. Dow was back at practice Friday, and he will start tonight's game at Utah. Still, Salt Lake City isn't going to make it on Dow's list of favorite cities.
HEALTH
October 31, 2011 | By Marc Silver, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Martina McBride, thank you for singing a song for breast cancer husbands. We really appreciate it, and you are absolutely right, we need to live up to the title: "I'm Gonna Love You Through It. " I only wish that the husband you sang about wasn't quite so perfect, always saying the right thing to his newly diagnosed wife: "When you're weak, I'll be strong/When you let go, I'll hold on/When you need to cry, I swear that I'll be there to...
SPORTS
March 22, 2007 | Ben Bolch, Times Staff Writer
Looking back, it probably wasn't the wisest move. Lodrick Stewart's wisdom teeth have been bothering him since he was a freshman, but the USC senior guard was afraid to have them removed because he's "scared to get put to sleep." But when a recent infection caused oozing in his mouth, he had to do something. So he had a root canal Tuesday, which forced him to sit out practice.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Herbert Schilder, 77, a dental surgeon who made root canals safer and more successful by refining instruments and techniques used to perform them, died of the brain malady Lewy body disease Jan. 25 at his home in Newton, Mass., his family said. In the 1960s, Schilder devised a root canal technique that involved cleaning a tooth's infected tissue, filling it vertically and compacting it with a heated plastic material that upon cooling expands to fill the gap.
SPORTS
September 2, 1992 | BILL PLASCHKE
It won't be found in the box score, but Brett Butler might have had his most remarkable game of the season Tuesday. He had two hits, a walk and a sacrifice bunt in seven plate appearances, despite having had an extensive root canal treatment before the game. "I was joking to someone that I'm not going to let these kids take my spot," Butler said. "I was saying there are too many kids here as it is." Butler awoke at 6:15 a.m. Tuesday with a searing pain in his mouth.
NEWS
December 15, 1991 | MATHIS CHAZANOV, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Misty was at the dentist for her regular checkup. A tube pumped anesthetic gas down her throat while Dr. Anthony D. Shipp rolled back the 13-year-old's lower lip to expose her teeth. "This cat's in bad shape," he said, and he was not talking jive. This dental patient was a feline. In her case, it was periodontal disease that allowed the growth of a cavity under the gum line of one of her back teeth.
NEWS
October 15, 1991 | MICHAEL ROSS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-Del.), the least painful part of the resumed Clarence Thomas hearings may have been the two root canals performed on him by his dentist in the middle of the night. The committee's televised sessions--scheduled after the furor that erupted over allegations that Thomas had sexually harassed a former aide--held the nation spellbound, fascinated with the sexually explicit testimony and emotionally explosive charges of sexism and racism.
NEWS
October 21, 1993 | FRANCES HALPERN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Self-help books, if well-made and clever, always capture our attention. We seek inner peace and health. At the same time desiring the trappings of outer beauty--good figures, great clothes. A couple of Ojai authors have appealed to these needs in two diverse books. A dentist warns about root canal cover-up and a fashion expert tells us how to cover up. "Dress Like a Million," Leah Feldon's latest book, is a trend-proof guide that focuses on acquiring a great wardrobe without breaking the bank.
SPORTS
March 29, 2011 | T.J. Simers
I always loved opening day, the transistor radio earpiece running down the length of my shirt to avoid teacher detection, or later parental accomplices allowing me to skip school. But here I am at Dodger Stadium on Monday night for the Freeway Series in preparation for the season starting Thursday, never before caring so little about baseball. The Dodgers lineup is uninspiring, second place considered a lofty goal, while much of the attention here centers on the owners who bought something like eight expensive homes only to reside now in the poorhouse.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 16, 2009 | STEVE LOPEZ
"Do you want to see the tooth?" Dr. Mehrdad Makhani asked me Friday morning at the free clinic being staged inside Inglewood's Fabulous Forum. "Come. I'll show you." Jenny McLean, 36, opened her mouth and Makhani aimed a little flashlight in there. "You see here?" he said. The area around a back tooth was red and swollen, and McLean's eyes were teary with discomfort. She'd endured the pain for more than a year because she's had neither insurance nor the money for a dentist since losing her job as a social worker.
BUSINESS
June 14, 2009
Re: "Gloom envelops airline meeting," June 9: The obtuseness of airline CEOs is staggering. Do these overpaid suits really have no clue why people aren't flying? Let them take a transcontinental trip, in coach, on one of their own planes. They can experience the joy of squeezing into seats designed for midgets; paying extra for checked baggage, peanuts and pillows; wasting hours at amenity-less hub airports; dealing with customer-hating policies such as nonrefundable tickets; and so on. Perhaps it will occur to them why most people these days fly only when they have to. For the average American, modern air travel has all the appeal of a root canal.
BUSINESS
March 16, 2008 | Kathy M. Kristof, Times Staff Writer
As you file your tax return, do you wonder whether you're likely to get audited? You can take some comfort in the fact that audits are remarkably rare, hitting about 1% of taxpayers each year. However, the rate is rising, and if you happen to pull a few audit triggers, your chance of getting that ominous letter or phone call from the Internal Revenue Service can soar tenfold or more, experts say. "I am hearing about more audits than I ever have," said Roni Deutch, a tax attorney in Northern California who has been practicing for 17 years.
SPORTS
March 22, 2007 | Ben Bolch, Times Staff Writer
Looking back, it probably wasn't the wisest move. Lodrick Stewart's wisdom teeth have been bothering him since he was a freshman, but the USC senior guard was afraid to have them removed because he's "scared to get put to sleep." But when a recent infection caused oozing in his mouth, he had to do something. So he had a root canal Tuesday, which forced him to sit out practice.
BUSINESS
October 28, 2006 | David Holley, Times Staff Writer
Movie producer Rauf Atamalibekov had just finished a late-night dinner with a scriptwriter for a film about American and Soviet atomic weapons scientists in the late 1940s, and some fresh ideas had come up that needed further research. It was well past midnight, but Atamalibekov, 42, dropped into an all-night bookstore, hoping to find information about the history of Russian spies in the United States. He ended up buying a book about Nazi Germany's atomic bomb effort.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 1997 | JAMES L. ENG, ASSOCIATED PRESS
To Dr. James McGraw, an animal's bite is often just as important as its bark. That's why the Bellevue endodontist urges other dentists to join him in volunteering to perform root canals and other dental procedures on rare zoo animals and other endangered creatures. Animals with healthy teeth tend to live longer and happier lives, McGraw says.
BUSINESS
August 30, 2013 | By Lisa Zamosky
When Patricia Torres learned she needed a root canal, she wasn't concerned. After all, she had dental insurance. Then the bill arrived. "I was completely shocked and surprised because the bill came in for $750," says the 38-year-old stay-at-home mother from Woodland Hills. Her insurance covered only 50% of the price. Torres' surprise at the size of her bill didn't surprise Jeff Album, vice president of public and government affairs with Delta Dental of California, which sells dental benefits.
BUSINESS
June 18, 2006 | Daniel Yi, Times Staff Writer
Rebecca Lindsay had a toothache. Dentists told the 36-year-old Irvine woman that her dental fillings were slowly poisoning her and that she should attack the problem at the source. Her teeth had to come out. Over the next three months, the dentists, James Shen and his wife, Rily Young of Huntington Beach, extracted nine of Lindsay's teeth -- and much of her jaw. They didn't stop there. They yanked 18 of her mother's teeth after Lindsay referred her to them.
MAGAZINE
May 7, 2006
Wednesday is Root Canal Appreciation Day. If every dental procedure with a bad reputation had a holiday, well, you can just imagine. But the root canal has been particularly unfairly judged, says Dr. Samuel Oglesby, an associate professor of clinical dentistry at USC who has performed more than 25,000 of the endodontic treatments. "I've had probably a dozen in my own mouth," he adds, "and those feel fine." If the office you visit doesn't stock laughing gas, close your eyes and think of W.C.
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