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Dental Fillings and Root Canal Treatment

Dental Fillings

Fillings are used to restore teeth affected by decay, cracks, or fractures. If the teeth being treated have been damaged by decay, the decay is removed with a special tool and the area is cleansed to remove bacteria or debris before the filling is placed in the tooth. Once the debris has been removed, the filling material is placed in the tooth and hardened using a special light. The filling procedure only takes place over one short visit to the office, but it essentially gives your tooth a fresh start.

There are many options when it comes to filling materials for your teeth. If you prefer fillings that look like your natural teeth, durable and long-lasting composite is the best solution. During the process, composite fillings are shaped to look and feel like your natural teeth, restoring both function and aesthetics to affected teeth. We will work with you to help you decide what material is the best for your particular needs.

Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment (also called endodontic treatment) is used to help heal teeth with infected or decayed pulp tissue. The pulp of the tooth can be found at the tooth’s center, inside layers of white enamel and hard dentin. The pulp contains connective tissue, blood vessels, and nerves, and it nourishes the tooth during development. Adult teeth are nourished by external tissues, so they can survive without pulp. If decayed or infected pulp tissue remains within the tooth, it can cause pain and lead to eventual tooth loss.

During the root canal treatment procedure, the decayed and infected tissue is removed. Once the tissue is removed, a special material is used to fill and seal off the tooth. Teeth that undergo root canal treatment might need protective dental caps in order to help prevent the need for future treatment.