Did you know that you can control what treatment you receive for a cavity? You can…sort of. While your dentist determines what procedure needs to occur to address tooth decay, you can improve your chances of avoiding a root canal by seeking cavity treatment early. When you have restorative dental work done when a cavity is still small, you may only need a filling to fix your tooth after decay has been removed. Unfortunately, it is not always easy to know that there is a problem early. You can make it easier to catch a problem by attending regular checkups, where your dentist can study your teeth carefully.

Why Some Cavities Need Root Canals, And Others Do Not

A root canal is only called for when a cavity has moved far enough into your tooth to cause internal problems. The pulp, in the interior of your tooth, houses nerves and blood vessels. If a cavity accesses this area, it can create an uncomfortable situation for your tooth, and jeopardize its health. Your dentist can clean away an infection within your tooth during a root canal. If the cavity is stopped before this occurs, a root canal will not be called for.

Composite Resin Makes Your Filling More Effective, And Less Noticeable

Your dentist can use composite resin for fillings, as the material offers advantages in terms of looks, and in terms of function. This material is esthetically superior to a metal filling for being able to more closely imitate your tooth’s color and texture. Composite resin is also able to bond directly to your tooth.