What is the difference between getting a dental filling and getting a root canal?
Dental fillings and root canals performed at our Inman, SC dental office are both essential procedures we need to perform to keep your smile healthy. While they both restore your oral health, each has a different purpose.
Fillings Repair Cavities
When you get a cavity, we need to remove the decay and fill the tooth to prevent decay from spreading. We fill cavities with tooth-colored fillings that look very lifelike and blend into your smile.
If we don’t fill the cavity right away, the decay penetrates deeper into your tooth until it reaches the pulp. The is the area deep inside the tooth that contains the blood vessels and nerve that keep it alive, and most people experience intense pain.
Root Canals Save a Dying Tooth
When this occurs, a filling won’t be enough to save the tooth. Instead, Dr. Hunt will need to perform a root canal to remove the infected pulp and provide relief. Without a root canal procedure, the tooth will die and will eventually need to be pulled.
We Have the Treatment You Need
If you have a throbbing toothache and think you might need a root canal, call our Inman, SC dental office. We’ll arrange to see you as soon as possible, usually the same day if you’re in pain.