Root Canal Treatment Information
Sometimes decay gets deep into the tooth and reaches the nerve. When this happens, severe pain, swelling, and infection occurs. The best way to restore the tooth and get it back to its original shape and get out of pain is to have a root canal procedure performed on the tooth. Root canal sounds scary, but it really is not, especially with today's modern dental technological advances and Dr. Phillip Greer's knowledge with root canal procedures. If you are experiencing pain with a tooth that is bothering you, and you can't seem to get relief, don't hesitate to contact us here at Sweet Water Dentistry, located on scenic 98 in Fairhope, AL. Visit our website to learn more.
Here is how a root canal procedure is performed:
The very first thing that must be done in order to determine if a root canal is the best option for you in order to restore your tooth back to health is for an x-ray of the tooth to be taken. This will allow the dentist to determine if the root of your tooth is indeed infected as well as the shape of the roots of the tooth. Once it is certain that the tooth needs a root canal, the dentist will then numb the area. When your tooth is numbed, the dentist will drill a hole into the tooth which will allow him to access each canal. Then, files are used to remove the infected nerve from the tooth.
Once all of the infected nerve has been removed, the dentist will then use sodium hypchlorite to flush out any remaining bacteria. The canals are then sealed with a material called gutta percha, and a foundation for a crown is then made out of a build up material. Once this is complete, a digital scan will be done and your crown will be made! You will receive antibiotics after your root canal to ensure no infection remains. If you have any questions about root canals, please don't hesitate to call Dr. Phillip Greer at Sweet Water Dentistry, your local family dentist today!