Having a cavity can be awfully uncomfortable. While some cavities can be treated with fillings, others require root canal therapy. So, how do you know which you need?
– Fillings are enough if the cavity is normal sized and is not accompanied by pain.
– You’ll only need a filling if the cavity is not painful, which means it has not progressed into the third layer of the tooth.
– Root canal is necessary if the cavity has reached the pulp and your teeth are discoloured or sensitive.
– A root canal procedure will end the intense pain.
Consult your dentist for the best treatment for you.
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Dr Gerald O’Connor is the principal dentist and owner of Killiney Dental. Dr O’Connor graduated with an honours dental degree from University College Cork in 1998. He has since worked as a general dental surgeon in the UK and Ireland and has over 20 years experience in the dental field, with a particular interest in cosmetic and restorative dentistry. Dr O’Connor is an active member of the Irish Dental Association, sitting on its Quality Patient Safety Committee, and is a Irish Dental Council registered dentist.