Root Canal Information
Sometimes, the nerve inside your tooth can get infected and cause pain and swelling. If this happens, the best way to fix the issue is to have a Root Canal performed on your tooth. With a root canal procedure, the dentist removes the nerve of the tooth, disinfects the canals, and fills the canal, then places a new crown on top to restore the tooth to its natural state. If you have a tooth that you think may be infected, look no further than Dr. Phillip Greer of Sweet Water Dentistry, located in Fairhope, AL. Visit our website for more information.
The picture on the right shows the anatomy of a tooth that has been infected and in need of a root canal. Here are the steps of a root canal: typically a root canal procedure can be done in one day, thanks to modern advances in dental technology. First, you will be numbed with local anesthesia. Then, Dr. Greer will open up the tooth so that the canals are visible. Once the canals are reached, the dentist will use files of different sizes to remove the nerve of the tooth. Once the nerves are removed, sodium hypochlorite is then used to irrigate and disinfect the canal where the infection was. After these steps are complete, the dentist will then fill the canals with a material called gutta percha.
A build up material is placed on top of the gutta percha, and your tooth will be scanned for a new crown. At Sweet Water Dentistry, we make our crowns in house with our cerac machine and they are made out of full porcelain. Most of the time, we are able to cement the crown on the same day as well, so that you can leave the office with a new, pain free tooth.