Dental Fillings and Root Canal Therapy in Grand Rapids, MI
Tooth decay is known most commonly for causing pain. Decay occurs when a bacterial infection penetrates the tooth’s enamel and consumes the sensitive insides of the tooth. This leaves the tooth vulnerable, resulting in discomfort and further risk.
Solutions to dental decay are focused on removing the damaging bacteria and restoring affected teeth to look and feel their best. Fast detection of tooth decay leads to smaller procedures and less hassle for you.
Tooth Fillings That Look Natural
Fillings are used when decay carves a section of the tooth away, leaving a hole called a cavity. The tooth can be restored in one office visit by removing the infected parts of the tooth and filling the cavity. This prevents more bacteria from getting in and causing further damage. Your tooth will be protected and you can once again enjoy your life.
Dr. Robson uses a resin-based composite that bonds securely with the tooth. Instead of colored metal fillings that stand out, this composite is tooth-colored. You can be proud of your natural, painless smile.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy becomes necessary when the bacterial infection penetrates the innermost section of the tooth, where the pulp is. Without treatment, the infection can cause swelling that spreads to the face, bone loss, constant pain, and drainage into the gums or skin.
You could need a root canal if:
- You experience pain while chewing
- Your tooth is sensitive to hot and cold
- There is swelling around the base of the tooth
- Discoloration and darkened tooth color
- You have a throbbing toothache
During root canal therapy, the painful, infected pulp is removed from the tooth, allowing the natural adult tooth to remain in its place. Though root canals have a reputation for being painful, most people experience a similar sensation to a tooth filling. After the procedure, the tooth will function as usual without pain. You can keep your own tooth and regain control over your daily life.
If the damage to the tooth is extensive, a crown may be needed. When the pulp is removed the tooth may become weakened and need more protection. Your natural tooth stays where it is and the crown supports it, blending in with the rest of your teeth.
Though Dr. Robson does everything he can to save your natural tooth, sometimes the tooth is too infected to remain. In these extreme cases, an extraction may be necessary for the benefit of your overall oral health. If a tooth must be extracted, Robson Family Dental offers dental implants to replace it so your smile can remain brilliant.
Make Your Smile Healthy Again
We want you to have the smile you’ve always dreamed of. Tooth decay left unchecked can ravage your teeth and affect your health. Our dental filling and root canal services can repair the damage done so you can live your life freely.
If you experience pain or are concerned about the health of your teeth, don’t hesitate to contact us today. Robson Family Dental is here for your smile!