Would tooth filling or root canal treatment be effective for tooth decay? (photo)

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Dr Jaclyn Toh

"Dentist with an interest in comprehensive dentistry."

A filling is used to treat the effects of tooth decay: formation of a cavity in a tooth.

Root canal treatment is done when the nerve of a tooth is diseased. Thus, resulting in a toothache or an abscess. A filling is placed after the root canal treatment is completed to close the cavity caused by tooth decay and the root canal treatment access cavity.

Whether a filling alone will be enough or if root canal treatment is needed will depend not only on X-rays but also clinical symptoms (such as pain, presence of a swelling, tenderness on chewing etc).

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