Fillings are usually placed as a result of dental decay. In today's modern age we can use a number of different kinds of fillings such as: composite (white) fillings, amalgam (silver) fillings.
White fillings are made from natural tooth coloured resins that are more aesthetically pleasing and can be matched to the same colour as natural teeth.
Silver fillings are made from an amalgamation of different metals and are silver in appearance. Amalgam fillings are resistant to wear; however, due to their colour they are more noticeable than composite fillings and are not usually used in very visible areas, such as front teeth.
Root Canal Treatment (RCT), also called endodontic treatment is needed when the blood or nerve supply of the tooth (called the pulp) is infected through decay or injury.
White fillings are the most popular fillings in society today. This is because of the natural look and feel they offer. White fillings look completely natural and more often than not people will not be able to tell you have a filling. Another advantage of white fillings is that they are not actually white but custom made to closely match the colour of your teeth. You can have white fillings on all of your teeth and they are just as hard wearing as metal fillings if maintained correctly. The material used for white fillings can also be used to correct minor irregularities on the front teeth through a process called bonding.
You may feel no pain from this infection, however if left untreated, the infection from the pulp will damage the bone around the tooth and cause swelling and pain.
Endodontic treatment involves removing the infected tissue and pulp, cleaning, shaping, filling and sealing the tooth. Unlike popular belief, there is no reason why a root canal treatment should be painful if the correct anaesthetic procedure is used. At Read and Watters we always make sure that your appointments are comfortable and pain-free.
Root Canal Treatment is the best treatment to save a tooth with a deep infection that would otherwise need to be taken out. Because there is nothing better than your own natural teeth, we will make every attempt to preserve them for as long as possible and help you keep a beautiful, healthy and natural smile.