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Root Canal Specialist

Arbours Aesthetic Dentistry

Family & General Dentists & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

If you have a tooth with severe damage or decay, a root canal is one of the best ways to restore your oral health. Jeffrey C. Barrera, DDS, performs safe and effective root canals at Arbours Aesthetic Dentistry in Rancho Santa Margarita, California. To learn more about the root canal procedure, call the office at Arbours Aesthetic Dentistry or book a visit online today.

Root Canal Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a procedure performed to treat a tooth with damage or decay that’s reached the pulp — the soft tissue inside your tooth.

Your tooth pulp is made up of blood vessels, connective tissues, and nerve fibers. When it gets infected or damaged, it swells, pinching the nerves and causing significant pain.

When you get a root canal, Dr. Barrera removes the damaged or decayed pulp and replaces it with a compound called gutta-percha, a material similar to rubber.

In the past, the only way to treat an infection of the pulp was to extract the tooth. By keeping much of your natural tooth structure intact, a root canal represents a great leap forward in dental technology.

Do I need a root canal?

You need a root canal if you have damaged or infected tooth pulp. Some symptoms to look for include:

  • Severe toothache
  • Discolored or darkened tooth
  • Pus around your gumline
  • Pimple on your gum near your tooth root
  • Bad taste in your mouth


Sometimes, however, a damaged or infected tooth doesn’t present any symptoms and is only noticeable during a dental exam or on an X-ray. Because of this, it’s important to maintain regular cleanings and checkups with Dr. Barrera.

What happens if I delay getting a root canal?

Delaying your root canal only leads to prolonged pain and further damage. When left untreated, the infection in a tooth can spread to other areas of your mouth, including neighboring teeth, your gums, and your jawbone. In some cases, the infection can even get into your bloodstream, causing sepsis.

Are root canals painful?

Root canals have a bad reputation as being painful or complex procedures, but that’s largely due to exaggerations in movies and television shows.

In reality, your root canal won’t be painful because Dr. Barrera treats your tooth and the surrounding tissues with a local anesthetic beforehand. Your root canal will actually alleviate you from a great deal of pain because it treats your infection and restores your tooth.

To learn more about how Dr. Barrera can improve your oral health with a root canal, call Arbours Aesthetic Dentistry today or schedule a visit with the online tool.