Dental fillings or root canals are now easier and more effectively used than ever thanks to modern dental practices. We have the technology, tools, and specialized staff to perform these tasks while making you feel comfortable and at ease.
Root canal treatment (also called root canal therapy or endodontic therapy) is necessary when a cavity is neglected and reaches the tooth pulp. Sometimes, deep restorations or trauma to a tooth may cause its nerve to be damaged to the point that root canal therapy is necessary. Once the pulp is infected, it can even extend through the root tip and begin to eat away at the surrounding bone (this is known as an abscess).
Symptoms of infected tooth pulp include sensitivity to hot/cold or sweets, pain, swelling, pain from biting or pressure or a bad taste in the mouth. Sometimes, no symptoms are apparent and you are unaware of any problems until a checkup.
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Tooth decay tunnels down into the tissue of the teeth in what is called a dental cavity. Dental cavities are usually caused by infrequent brushing and poor dental hygiene, but some people are also more genetically predisposed to getting frequent cavities. Even if you take amazing care of your teeth there is a chance that you may one day get a cavity.
Dental fillings are now easier and more effectively used than ever thanks to modern dental practices. We have the technology, tools, and specialized staff to perform the best dental fillings in Lafayette, La and surrounding Acadiana areas.
Dental fillings involve using a metal or composite material to “fill” the cavity. The composite material bonds with the teeth. Fillings are the best way to preserve the natural teeth which have been affected by tooth decay.
Modern patients prefer tooth-colored fillings. Some old metal fillings have mercury within them which is why patients sometimes opt to replace their old silver fillings with tooth-colored ones. The composite material used for tooth-colored fillings looks better and performs better than metal fillings.