Charleston, SC patients with an infection in their tooth can receive a professional dental filling and root canal
Most adults don’t think about their teeth unless it’s time to brush and floss or visit the dentist. However, if you have a toothache, it’s likely that you can’t think about anything but your teeth. Most oral health issues, such as cavities or gum disease don’t cause discomfort until they become advanced. When a person wakes up with a throbbing tooth, it can be a sign of infection in the tooth and it is time to call a professional.
Dr. Andrew Greenberg and his team at Mouth Carolina dentistry provide professional dental services such as fillings, crowns, and root canals. While the procedures are all different and used in different situations, they have much in common. In all procedures, local anesthesia is used to numb the treatment area, and the tooth is repaired with a dental restoration. The difference is usually determined by the severity of the decay or infection and the type of restoration that is used.
A dental filling is used to treat cavities. In most cases, cavities are first noticed during a dental exam or by x-ray. The filling procedure is quick and effective. After the patient’s mouth is properly numb, the dentist will use a dental drill to remove the damaged structure and any bacteria from the tooth. Then, he will use a composite material to fill the area that was drilled.
Cap or crown
If there is a large area of decay, a composite filling may not properly support the tooth after the damaged structure is removed. In these cases, a crown, which covers the entire surface area of the tooth is used. Crowns are made of porcelain in a dental laboratory. They are custom made to be a match in shade and shape, and they help the tooth function properly by adding protection and strength.
When the decay inside a tooth is not noticed or treated, it will continue to grow. Over time, the decay can reach the inside of the tooth, where the pulp is located and cause infection. In this case, a root canal is needed to eliminate the infection and save the tooth. The dentist drills through the top of the tooth to reach the pulp. The pulp will be removed, and the inside of the tooth will be cleaned and sterilized. Next, the tooth will be filled, and a crown placed. Root canals are often the only way to save a tooth that is severely decayed or damaged.
Finding the right team to help restore your teeth
Regardless of what type of dental restoration you need, it’s important to work with a dentist and team you trust and respect. The dentist should have the skill and experience you need and it’s important to feel comfortable asking him questions or raising concerns.
For more information about dental restorations or the services offered by Dr. Greenberg and his team, call (843)751 4262 today.
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