Do You Need A Dental Filling, Dental Crown, Or A Root Canal?Tuesday, January 17th, 2017
Have you ever had a cavity? We hope not, but we also know that more than 90 percent of Americans will have at least one cavity in their lives.
That’s a lot of tooth decay, but fortunately, we have several ways of treating it with restorative dentistry. We will be discussing the restorative options available at Advanced Smile Arts in today’s post.
You will learn about dental fillings, dental crowns, and root canal treatments — and when you might need each of them.
Of course, we also strongly encourage you to take advantage of the preventive services at our dentist office in Danville, IL. If you would like to schedule a professional dental cleaning and examination, all you have to do is call 217-703-4536 or contact us online.
When Would You Need A Dental Filling?
Let’s start with how tooth decay develops. The bacteria that cause tooth decay can already be found in your mouth.
As these bacteria multiply and grow, they may form plaque. The longer this sticky film is on your teeth, the more likely bacteria is to eat away at the enamel of your teeth.
Tooth decay leads to cavities. These cavities can cause dark spots to form on your teeth and make your teeth weaker.
If you recognize the problem quickly or make regular visits to Advanced Dental Arts for dental cleanings and exams, then you are more likely to treat the decay before it gets too bad.
At this stage, a dental filling is often enough to restore the shape and function of your teeth. Dr. Fuesting can remove the decay from your teeth, then he can give you dental filling.
We offer tooth-colored dental fillings at our office. These fillings are made with a special material that matches the color of your teeth. This way, no one else has to know where your cavity was.
If you prefer, we do offer metal fillings as well. We can discuss which type of filling is best for you during your appointment.
Call 217-703-4536 to schedule your visit to our dentist office in Danville, IL.
When Would You Need A Dental Crown?
Let’s assume either you didn’t realize you had a cavity growing or you didn’t realize how serious it was at first.
In either situation, a dental filling may not be enough. A large cavity can still be treated with a dental crown, however.
Dental crowns are a good way to effectively rebuild a tooth that is discolored or weakened as a result of serious tooth decay.
To get a dental crown, we start by removing the decay from your tooth. This is done for a few reasons. It will prevent the decay from spreading any deeper into your tooth. It also allows us to reshape the tooth to support your dental crown.
Modern dental crowns are stronger than ever, and they are made of materials the look identical to natural teeth.
When you have your a dental crown bonded to your tooth, it will look, feel, and function like the natural teeth in your mouth.
To learn more about what dental crowns could do for your smile, contact Advanced Smile Arts.
When Would You Need A Root Canal?
We know that root canal treatments are not a subject most people want to discuss. We also hope you will never need one.
There’s nothing wrong with the procedure itself. We can perform it practically painlessly with modern techniques and sedation dentistry.
We perform root canal treatments because patients have infected teeth. This is what can happen if you don’t do anything to stop tooth decay.
As the decay eats through your enamel, it will start to eat away at the softer dentin underneath. If the decay gets through the dentin, it may reach the pulp chamber, which holds pulp, blood vessels, and nerves at the center of your tooth.
When the pulp is infected, you are likely to notice symptoms like toothaches and increased sensitivity to heat, cold, and sweets.
A dental filling or crown isn’t going to be enough to fix this problem. However, you may have a filling or crown as part of your root canal procedure.
During a root canal, we will remove the infected tissues and disinfect your tooth. This is then filled with a special material to help your tooth hold its shape. The final step is sealing the tooth with either a crown or filling.
In this case, the crown or filling also serves to protect the tooth against another infection.
Could You Use Restorative Dentistry?
If so, then it’s time to make an appointment at Advanced Smile Arts. Our dentist office serves Danville, IL, and the surrounding area.
Call 217-703-4536 or fill out our online appointment form to schedule your treatment.
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