If you have a tooth that is in need of a root canal, you have come to the right place! Dr. Phillip Greer at Sweetwater Dentistry in Fairhope, Alabama performs endodontic treatment such as root canals. Visit our website for more information. What is a root canal? A root canal is a dental procedure in which the dentist opens the canals and removes the pulp of a tooth. The pulp is the chamber in which the nerve of your tooth resides. If you have a cracked, chipped, or a deeply decayed tooth, you risk infection of the nerve. If the nerve of your tooth gets infected, this causes pain, redness, and irritation. If you go too long without treatment, you run the risk of having to have your tooth pulled. What are the steps of a root canal? The first step is to have an xray taken of your tooth in order for the dentist to see what exactly is the cause of the pain you are having in the tooth. Once it is discovered that you need a root canal, the dentist may want to get you on antibiotics first in order to fight off infection. The tooth will be numbed, and Dr. Greer will remove decay and open up the canals of the tooth. Once the canals have been opened, the dentist will use files of different sizes, beginning with the smallest. These files help remove the infected nerve. Once the infected nerve has been removed, sodium hypochlorite will be used to disinfect the canals. After that, the canals will be filled with a filling material called gutta percha. After that, the tooth will be built back up, and a scan will be done in order to fabricate a new crown for your tooth. If you need a root canal, contact Dr. Phillip Greer at Sweetwater Dentistry.