A dental filling is a type of restorative dentistry treatment used to repair minimal tooth fractures, tooth decay or otherwise damaged surfaces of the teeth. Dental filling materials, which include composite, porcelain and silver amalgam, may be used to even out tooth surfaces for better biting or chewing.
Enamel loss is a common component of tooth decay and may result in tooth sensitivity. In many cases, tooth sensitivity caused by enamel loss will be significantly improved or completely eliminated once an appropriate dental filling material is placed. But in some cases, depending on the extent of tooth decay or damage, the affected tooth may require additional or alternative procedures, including:
Dental Crowns: Teeth requiring more support than offered by a traditional filling may require a dental crown.
Dental Implants and Dental Bridges: Irreparable tooth damage requiring tooth extraction may require an implant or bridge.
Root Canals (perhaps along with antibiotic treatment): Infected, abscessed or nerve damaged teeth may require a root canal procedure.
A root canal is a treatment to repair and save a badly damaged or infected tooth. The procedure involves removing the damaged area of the tooth (the pulp), cleaning and disinfecting it and then filling and sealing it. The term “root canal” comes from cleaning of the canals inside the tooth’s root.
Dental inlays and onlays are restorations used to repair rear teeth with mild to moderate decay or cracked and fractured teeth that are not sufficiently damaged to need a crown.
Dental inlays and onlays are used when old fillings need to be removed or replaced. A dental inlay is similar to a filling and fits inside the cusp tips (top edges) of the tooth. A dental onlay is more extensive and extends over the cusps of the treated tooth.
Teeth sometimes have large portions missing due to decay, fracture, the loss of a filling or the creation of an access cavity (the hole through which root canal work is performed).
Core placement refers to a procedure where a dentist replaces the bulk of a tooth’s missing structure in preparation for making a new dental crown. Doing so creates the optimal shape and foundation for the new restoration.
The difference between a dental core and a post and core is that with the latter, a dental post is placed that helps to anchor the core to the tooth.
While a dental core can be created for any tooth, a post and core can only be made for a tooth that has had root canal treatment.
Each individual tooth in your mouth is anchored into your jawbone by roots. The roots have an area called the apex located at the end. Sometimes, these root canals can become infected or inflamed and require RCT. Sometimes RCT can fail to remove the infection if it is lodged in smaller nerve branches as opposed to just the main ones that’s when apicoectomy is needed. In the apicoectomy procedure, either the root tip is removed or the apex is. This area is then substituted with a filling to ensure that the root end is completely coated and sealed.