What's the difference between getting a tooth filled and getting a root canal?
Both fillings and root canals are essential procedures we need to perform to keep your smile healthy. While they both restore your oral health, the purpose of each is very different.
When you get a cavity, we need to remove it and fill the tooth to prevent decay from spreading. We fill cavities using an aesthetic tooth-colored filling so that the repair blends seamlessly with the rest of the tooth. A cavity is typically filled under a local anesthetic so you won’t feel any pain.
If we don’t fill that cavity, the decay will penetrate deeper into your tooth until it reaches the pulp. This is the area deep inside the tooth that contains the blood vessels and nerve that keep it alive, so you will likely experience extreme pain.
Of course, by this point, a filling isn’t going to help, so we need to perform a root canal to remove the infected pulp and provide relief. Without a root canal procedure, the tooth will eventually need to be removed.
If you would like to learn more about root canals in Orland Park and how they can save your smile, please call our office at (708) 260-6203, and we will be happy to arrange an appointment.