When a tooth requires repair or is in danger of developing oral health complications, we may recommend a dental restoration. How do you know when you need a restoration? There are a number of different warning signs you should be aware of. Ignoring the warning signs of trouble can increase the risk of infection or even tooth loss.
Frequently Asked Questions About Restorations
Question: Does a toothache mean I need treatment?
Answer: In some cases, yes. While a variety of factors can lead to an aching tooth, such as a sinus infection, many times pain is a warning sign of decay. Your tooth can develop a cavity as a result of poor oral hygiene weakening tooth enamel or because the tooth became cracked or chipped. We suggest seeing the dentist if you notice a toothache that doesn’t subside.
Question: How does a filling work?
Answer: A filling works by targeting the specific area of decay. After removing the presence of decay we apply a metal-free composite resin. We cure the material under a light and then polish it for a more lifelike appearance.
Question: When does a patient need a root canal?
Answer: Should a tooth develop an infection then we may suggest a root canal. This restorative treatment allows the doctor to remove the infection. We complete the procedure by placing a natural looking dental crown on the tooth.
Question: When do you recommend a crown?
Answer: If a tooth develops decay that requires more than a filling or becomes broken/fractured, we may place a crown. We also have inlays and onlays, which are restorations that target specific areas of the teeth, such as between the cusps or on them.
To learn more, schedule a consultation online, or call Dr. Engelberg in Arlington Heights Illinois today at (847) 230-9703.