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. 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. Many people dread the word root canal. However, at our office, we make sure that each patient is relaxed and comfortable during the procedure. In the past, root canals took a long time and required numerous dental appointments. Because of the advances in dentistry, most root canals can be completed within a short amount of time.
A root canal may be necessary if you want to save your tooth. You first will need to have an x-ray done to let the dentist see what is going on inside the tooth. During a root canal, the dentist removes the infected nerves, cleans the tooth canals and seals each canal. Once the root canal is completed, the tooth will be scanned and a replacement crown will be made. Once the crown is made, the dentist will put it in place. This can all occur within one day, meaning you can get on with your life pain-free. 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, contact Dr. Phillip Greer of Sweet Water Dentistry, your Fairhope, AL dentist, to schedule an appointment.