Root Canal or Dental Filling?

Article | 2020-01-23 11:40:39

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Essentially, both root canals and fillings are used to treat teeth that have some kind of tooth decay or cavity. They are both needed if you notice any of these symptoms, such as: 

  • Constant, throbbing pain while chewing or biting

  • Sensitivity to hot, cold, and sugary foods

  • Chipped Or Cracked Tooth

  • Dark Discoloration Of The Tooth

The Differences

        The difference between a root canal and dental filling lies entirely on how far spread the tooth decay actually is. Cavities formed by plaque wearing away at our teeth can usually be fixed with just a filling. In these cases, the nerves and blood vessels surrounding the tooth shouldn't need any more attention.

In some cases, however, the tooth decay may spread to the blood and nerve supply of the tooth, weakening it to the point where it may be at risk of dying. In these cases, a root canal is required and an X-rays will be taken to determine the extent of infection and the shape of the root canals in the infected tooth.

During a filling, your dentist will wash away any bacteria surrounding the abscess and replace it with either a composite or amalgam material. This can usually be done within a single checkup, requiring no further treatment.

Root canals are a little more intensive and usually require two checkups to complete. Your dentist will start by cleaning away the bacteria rotting the pulp of your tooth and they'll likely use a temporary filling to allow your tooth to settle. Following this, the tooth will be checked during a later visit where it will be given a proper filling. Both procedures should leave you will fully repaired teeth free of bacteria.

Root Canal or Dental Filling?

Dental fillings are used for smaller cavities whereas root canal therapy may be needed for teeth that have more extensive damage. Untreated cavities will progress to infect the pulp, creating the need for root canal treatment in order to save the tooth.

Actually, there's no question about it. Painful teeth are a problem that simply can't be ignored. If one or more teeth feel sore over a prolonged period of time, you're going to need a dentist in order to find a solution.

Don’t hesitate to contact us at BIA Dental Center if you need more information about Root Canal.

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