Root Canal Therapy (RCT)
Root canal therapy is needed if you have:
- Deep decay into the nerve chamber of the tooth
- Trauma that causes a severe fracture or inflames the nerves
- A tooth infection
Root canal therapy helps preserve the tooth even after the nerve has been removed, instead of having to extract the tooth. After the tissue has been removed, the root canals will be filled with a thermoplastic substance made of coagulated latex called gutta-percha, and a temporary filling will be placed.
You'll need either a permanent filling or a dental crown once the tooth has healed.
Dental bonding is an alternative to veneers. It's a more affordable option but can look just as good.
Using composite resin material - the same used in our composite fillings - we can:
- Eliminate the appearance of stains, particularly those around old fillings and intrinsic stains (stains inside the tooth that show up on the outside)
- Fill in small gaps between the teeth
- Repair chips and small fractures
The latest composite material comes in a variety of shades, which can be mixed and matched, creating a custom shade that will match your natural tooth color. After bonding the material to your teeth and polishing it, no one will even know you've had restorative work done.