Dental Tips Blog

May
6

Root Canal or Filling – Which Is Best for a Toothache?

Posted in Root Canals

Most people don’t like to hear that they need a filling, much less a root canal. But dental treatment is essential to warding off pain and keeping our teeth functional.

If you have a toothache, which treatment will you need?

Toothaches can be linked to:

  • Gum recession
  • Fracture or trauma
  • Decay
  • Acid erosion
  • Old dental restorations
  • Nerve damage
  • Gum disease

…And the list goes on! You’ll need to have a dentist take a look to determine what’s going on with your tooth.

But let’s just say there’s a spot on a tooth that you know is decay.

Which is better to treat it: a root canal or filling?

A filling is the first resort for treating a cavity. Usually made from composite resin, a filling replaces the damaged tooth structure and shores up the entire tooth. Getting a restoration helps you keep your tooth alive.

Once your tooth is beyond hope of saving, it’s time to consider root canal therapy.

In a last-resort root canal, your dentist hollows out the core of your tooth and removes the nerve. The tooth is fully cleaned and filled with a special material. You’ll then get everything capped off with a dental crown.

A root canal, unpleasant though it may sound, is the best thing you can do for a tooth that may otherwise need extraction. But if you catch the decay or fracture early enough, a filling alone could be enough to keep your tooth from needing a root canal.

Is your tooth bothering you? Contact a dentist to get it looked at. If you’re lucky, you won’t need a root canal or filling, after all!

Posted on behalf of:
Grateful Dental
2000 Powers Ferry Rd SE #1
Marietta, GA 30067
(678) 593-2979

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