Dental Decay and Infections

Tooth Filling and Root Canal and are among the most feared words dental patients can think of. Yet, with today’s treatments fillings and root canals are painless and quick.


When tooth decay has led to a cavity or small hole in the tooth, the decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled.

There are many types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. We will be happy to discuss your options. Popular today are composite fillings which are tooth colored and can closely match the color of your teeth. They are very durable and will last many years, giving you a long lasting smile.

Root Canal

Common symptoms of needing a root canal are sensitivity to hot/cold/sweets for up to 5 minutes or if tooth pain wakes you in the night. Trauma to a tooth or deep decay that reaches the nerve of the tooth are two common causes to infections that require a root canal.

A root canal simply means that the dentist will clean out the infected tooth and disinfect the canals of the tooth. Then the canals are filled to prevent any further infection. Usually a core build up and a crown is recommended for restoring a tooth that has had root canal therapy.  If a root canal is needed and not performed the tooth will eventually need to be extracted.

A  tooth without its nerve can still develop cavities or gum disease. But after a root canal if you care for your teeth and gums your treated tooth could last a lifetime with regular checkups.