All About Root Canals
Why do I need a root canal?
If you have a tooth that has deep decay, or you have chipped a tooth down so badly that the root has been reached, you will need to have a dental procedure performed called a root canal. Dr. Phillip Greer of Sweet Water Dentistry, located in Fairhope, AL, performs root canals. Visit our website for more information about our office. What is a root canal? Well, a root canal is a dental procedure in which a dentist will remove any decay in your teeth. Once all the decay has been removed, the dentist will drill into that tooth so that he can reach the canals of the tooth. The nerve of the tooth is located in the canals. If decay reaches the nerve of your tooth, it causes an infection of your tooth which results in pain, discomfort, swelling, and sometimes even an abcesss can form.
If the nerve of your tooth is infected, it will need to be removed, which is what the root canal is. It is important to remove the infection so that you can get out of pain and save your tooth from having to have it extracted. The first thing that will need to be done to determine if a root canal is the best option to save your tooth is to gave an x-ray taken. This will allow the dentist to see if there is in fact infection of the nerve. If the dentist decides to use root canal therapy to restore your tooth, he will first numb the tooth. Then he will remove decay, open the canals, remove the nerve of the tooth, and seal them back up. After the root canal is performed, the dentist will build the tooth back up and scan the tooth so that a new crown can be made. If you think you may need a root canal, look no further than Sweet Water Dentistry.