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Root Canal Specialist

Sendero Dental Studio

General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentist located in Rancho Mission Viejo, Ladera Ranch, CA

In the past, root canals have gotten a bad reputation, known for being an unpleasant procedure with a long recovery time. However, with today’s dental advances, Jeffrey Barrera, DDS, of Sendero Dental Studio works to make your experience enjoyable. Don’t suffer through living with a decayed tooth, which is often more painful than the root canal itself. If you live in the Rancho Mission Viejo, California area, call or make an appointment online using the booking tool.

Root Canal Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a treatment to repair a tooth with an infected or damaged root. That occurs when a tooth cracks or a cavity worsens, and bacteria enters into the pulp of your tooth, which can cause infection.

Dr. Barrera uses X-rays to get a better idea of the extent of the damage to the tooth. Next, he drains and cleans out the tooth's root through a small hole using a specialized tool. A filling is applied where the damage was, and Dr. Barrera may place a crown over your tooth to protect the tooth from further damage.

Typically, a root canal requires multiple visits since the root needs to be cleaned out, disinfected, and then recapped. Dr. Barrera applies a temporary filling over the tooth if he must leave the tooth open to drain after the initial portion of the treatment.

How do I know if I need a root canal?

Dr. Barrera discusses any symptoms you might have, including:

  • Tooth pain
  • Swelling around your face, neck, or gums
  • Temperature sensitivity
  • A hole in your tooth

He performs an examination or an X-ray to evaluate the damage and determine if a root canal is necessary.

Is a root canal painful?

Root canals are notorious for being unpleasant; however, with advances in medicine, root canals are relatively mild concerning pain.

Dr. Barrera gives you an anesthetic to numb the area and discusses the procedure with you before you have it done so that you can relax. More than likely, you experience more pain from the decayed tooth than the root canal.

Does the tooth require special care after the root canal?

You shouldn't bite down on the tooth until the entire root canal procedure is complete, due to sensitivity and the risk of damaging it. After the procedure is over, you should resume good oral hygiene practices, including twice-daily brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleanings and examinations.

It's possible for a tooth to last a lifetime after a root canal with good oral hygiene. Keep in mind, a tooth without a root is more susceptible to fractures.

Are there alternatives to getting a root canal?

You can opt to have the tooth extracted. However, you need a bridge or implant in the vacant space to prevent teeth from shifting, which could cost more than a root canal. If you live in Rancho Mission Viejo, California, you should schedule an appointment with Sendero Dental Studio to discuss the health of your teeth, any problems that you may be having and what should be done to heal and protect the tooth.