Untreated decay infiltrates your tooth so that the internal structure becomes infected with bacteria. Once the decay from a cavity reaches beyond the hard enamel, your tooth pulp will become infected. Inside the center of the tooth, the pulp holds the tooth’s living tissue, blood vessels, and nerves. Damaged by infection the tooth nerves will send pain signals to the brain, creating the sensation of toothache.
Root canal treatments remove the diseased tooth pulp and replace it with a strong filling material to relieve toothache and prevent the spread of decay. After thoroughly cleaning the decayed material from your tooth, our Aventura dentist can build back tooth structure with a filling and a porcelain crown. Using local anesthetics, a root canal in Aventura will feel no more uncomfortable than a simple filling.
How do I know if I need a filling?
Often, the signs of tooth decay are not noticeable to the patient until it is too late for a filling, and root canal treatment becomes necessary. Some signs of tooth decay include toothache or chronic bad breath; however, since most people do not recognize they need a filling, taking preventive measures is imperative to your dental health. The American Dental Association suggests dental examinations and cleanings every six months to address tooth decay in the early stages. Your Aventura dentist can determine if you need a filling by looking at dental X-rays. An X-ray of your teeth will expose where the decay has softened the hard enamel and created dental caries.
Restorative Dentistry Procedures in Aventura
Our comprehensive dental office offers restorative dentistry services from complicated endodontics to minimally invasive fillings. If you are experiencing toothache or haven’t seen the dentist in a while, contact our South Florida dentist office, Center for Dental Implants in Aventura, Florida at (305) 935-4991.