Understanding Root Canals
Are your teeth sensitive to temperatures changes? Are your gums swollen and inflamed? Do you have tooth pain? If so, you may need a root canal. Many people are afraid of the term ROOT CANAL but at Sweet Water Dentistry, we love to make sure that each patient is as relaxed as possible and comfortable during the procedure. Understanding more about the how's and why's of root canals may also help.
A crack or a deep cavity can cause damage to the structure of the tooth. When this occurs, an infection may occur. If the infection reaches the nerves of the tooth, it can cause severe pain. A root canal can relieve pain and treat the infected tooth. In the past, root canals took a long time and required numerous dental appointments. A root canal may be necessary if you want to save your tooth. During a root canal, the dentist removes the infected nerves, cleans the tooth canals and seals each canal. Because of the advances in technology in dentistry, most root canals can be completed within a short amount of time. Once the root canal is completed, the tooth will be scanned and a replacement crown will be made. Once the crown is made, Dr. Greer will put it in place. This can all occur within one day, meaning you can get on with your life and not have to worry about making multiple appointments.
Root canals should not be something that you fear. This procedure helps alleviate your dental pain and gets you back to living your life. The procedure can be done on the same day and will prevent further damage from occurring to your teeth and bone structures in your mouth. If you have a sensitive tooth, swollen gums or tooth pain, you may need a root canal. If so, or if you would like more information, contact Dr. Phillip Greer at Sweet Water Dentistry, your Fairhope, AL dentist, to schedule an appointment!