A cavity is a permanently damaged area in the hard surface of your teeth which develops tiny openings or holes. These begin to grow as the acid produced by plaque build-up begins to damage the layers of the tooth. At Midtown Dental, we work closely with you to identify and treat cavities before they require more costly interventions, such as root canals or extraction. Depending on the nature, location and severity of damage, your dentist may recommend a dental amalgam, a composite filling, or a crown—keep reading for an overview of how they each work, plus some tips for how to avoid needing them!
Getting to the Root of Root Canals: What Are They and Why Do They Happen
If you’re in need of an endodontic procedure (root canal), you’re not alone. According to the American Association of Endodontists, more than 15 million endodontic procedures are performed every year. For those who may not be familiar with what a root canal entails, it is a procedure whereby a dentist or endodontist removes inflamed or infected pulp encased inside of the tooth or the dead debris of such former remnants. Next, the inside of the root canal is cleaned, shaped and internally filled. From there, a dental impression, which is a negative imprint of hard and soft tissues in the mouth, is used to create a crown that will cover the tooth. In this article, we will take a closer look at what this type of dentistry entails and why it may be needed.Read more