What’s Better for a Tooth Cavity? A Dental Filling or a Root Canal?
When patients have cavities the surface of the tooth is permanently damaged, and tiny holes develop. They can be caused by bacteria, the food you eat or drink, and poor oral hygiene. The severity of the decay, and the condition of the tooth will determine what course of treatment is best. We provide many services for our patients, and your health is our first priority.
Our team will always try and save your tooth, and clear away any infection. Many patients come to us with symptoms noting something is wrong, but in some cases cavities are found during our normal dental exams.
If you have extensive decay, and the infection has reached the pulp area of the tooth, a root canal may be needed. Both fillings and root canals are great ways to save teeth, and prevent further decay or infection. We always choose the best treatment option depending on the condition of the tooth.
When is a Tooth Filling Needed?
Tooth fillings are used for smaller cavities that have not reached the pulp of the tooth. Fractured teeth that are not infected can also be saved using a filling. The area of decay is cleaned out, and then filled with a tooth-colored composite material. This material keeps the tooth intact, and helps to prevent further issues with the tooth in the future.
What Are Some Symptoms That Indicate I May Need a Dental Filling?
Here are some symptoms and signs that may indicate that you may need to get a dental filling:
Sharp or throbbing pain in or around a tooth
Your tooth is changing color, or spots can be seen on the surface of the tooth
You experience pain while chewing or biting
Your tooth is cracked or injured
You have a cracked or missing filling
When is a Root Canal Needed?
Root canals may be needed if they area of decay is severe, and the infection has reached the pulp area of the tooth. If a tooth is injured or cracked, and has been left untreated, the tooth may have an infection and need root canal therapy. With root canal therapy the infected pulp area is cleaned out and sealed to restore the tooth. If needed, a dental crown may be used to fully restore the tooth’s functionality.
What Are Some Symptoms That Indicate I May Need a Root Canal?
Here are some symptoms and signs that may indicate that you may need to get a root canal:
You experience severe tooth pain
Gums are tender and swollen around the tooth
Extreme sensitivity to hot and cold
Chewing or putting pressure on the tooth causes severe pain
The tooth has changed color
A bump has appeared on the gum area around the tooth
Looking for Root Canals and Dental Fillings?
Our team always makes our patient’s health a priority. Leaving teeth untreated can lead to further decay, and infections can become worse. Attending your regular dental exams in our office will help to maintain your oral health, and diagnose or treat any issues before they become a problem.
During our exam we check existing restorations, and look to see if you have any areas of decay that need a tooth filling or root canal. Treatment is determined based on how severe the area of decay is, and the condition of your tooth.
We use the highest level of technology and provide many General Dental Treatments. We provide quality dental care in a relaxing and calm environment. If you need a dental exam, or feel you have an issue with a tooth, make us your choice for dental care.
To find out more information or to schedule an exam, contact our office and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you.