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:
…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!
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