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Tues-Fri: 8:00 A.M - 4:30 PM

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How do i know if i need a filling or a root canal?

How do I know if i need a Filling or a Root canal?

Both dental procedures are very common and used to treat similar tooth issues, fillings and root canals couldn’t be more different. These two dental procedures are typically used to treat a cavity or a fractured tooth. Which typically has patients asking if they really need a tooth filling or a root canal?

What is a Filling?

Fillings help restore teeth damaged by decay back to their normal function, and can prevent further decay. Typically dental fillings are used when the cavity is minor and has not reached the pulp of the tooth or if the root of the tooth is not infected. During this process the dentist will clean out the tooth or crack and then fill it with a resin based substance aka the filling to protect the tooth from further damage and from future damage.

What is Root Canal?

A root canal otherwise known as endothermic therapy, is needed when you have a severely infected tooth that has reached the pulp or the root of the tooth. This is caused by untreated cavities and cracks in your teeth. During the treatment, your dentist will save your natural tooth by removing the damaged pulp to relieve you of pain, infection, and inflammation. Afterward, a dental crown will be placed to restore full tooth functionality.

Do I need a Filling or Root Canal?

Signs that you need a filling:

  • You have a throbbing or sharp pain in your tooth.
  • Your tooth hurts when you chew or bite down.
  • You can actually see a dark spot or hole on your tooth.
  • Your tooth becomes sensitive when exposed to hot or cold temperatures, or sweet, sticky, sour foods.

Signs that you need a Root Canal:

  • Your tooth pain is severe, especially when you chew or put pressure on your tooth.
  • You notice a small, pimple-like bump on your gum line near your painful tooth.
  • Your tooth is severely painful and has a dark or discolored appearance.
  • Your gums are tender and swollen around your painful tooth.

Whichever procedure that needs to get done, you can trust the services of John Powers General Dentist to help treat all of your dental needs.

John Powers DMD – Greenbelt Dentist

John Powers DMD provides great cosmetic care for patients to ensure you go home with a beautiful smile. Visit our website or contact us to make an appointment with us (https://johnpowersdmd.com).

John Powers

John Powers, DMD is a family dentist with a practice located in Greensbelt, MD. Dr. Powers is dedicated to serving the community with the best dental services for patients located in Prince George's County and beyond.

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