Tooth fillings are used to restore tooth damage caused by tooth decay. After removing the decay and cleaning the area, Puyallup Pediatric Dentistry will add filling material. These fillings are made from composite (tooth-colored) material. Composite fillings, unlike traditional fillings, are more aesthetically pleasing and bond directly to the tooth surface.
A root canal becomes needed when tooth decay is so deep that it reaches the tooth pulp. Once the pulp is infected, it cannot heal on its own. Sometimes tooth trauma, such as a fracture, can lead to the need for a root canal as well. In addition to being painful, untreated infections can reach the root tip and compromise the entire immune system.