When you have dental decay, it is important to get it treated as soon as possible. A filling can be used to remove the cavity and protect your tooth from bacteria. At Santa Monica Dental Arts in Santa Monica, California, we use materials that can blend in with your smile and restore your pearly whites after decay. In today’s blog, we are here to talk about how this treatment can save you from needing a root canal treatment later.
Preventing Tooth Decay With Checkups And Cleanings
Although cavities are common, you should take measures to prevent them. Oral hygiene, regular checkups, and a well-balanced diet can help prevent decay. You should be brushing and flossing twice a day every day. These steps help remove leftover food particles from your meals, snacks, and drinks throughout the day. Your biannual checkups allow for the early detection of cavities, gingivitis, and other problems, as well. Even when you believe that you are in good oral health, these problems can form without showing symptoms for long periods. If a problem does develop, there are restorations available to bring your teeth back to good health.
How Do Fillings Repair Your Tooth
You may have had a filling done before. This restoration includes two steps. The first is removing the damaged part with a drill, and then adding material to the hole that remains. There are several materials available for this treatment including composite resin, ionomer, or ceramic. Each of these has different benefits and can all be colored to match the shade of your smile. The reason that the hole is not left in your tooth is to create a barrier from bacteria reentering and creating another cavity.
When Is A Root Canal Necessary
If a cavity is detected during your checkup, your dentist will recommend getting a filling done. While you may not need to have this done immediately, it should be done within a few weeks. Cavities progress in stages, so if it is left untreated, it will continue to deteriorate your tooth. When you ignore decay for too long, it can enter the pulp and cause discomfort. At this stage, root canal therapy may be necessary.
This treatment is similar to a filling but is more invasive. Like a filling, the decayed part of the tooth will be removed and filled. A root canal is done when the cavity has reached the pulp of your tooth, which is deeper than a standard cavity. However, a crown is usually placed on top for further protection.
Schedule Your Appointment Today
If you have a cavity, do not put off your restoration. To schedule an appointment at Santa Monica Dental Arts in California, call us at 310-395-1261.