Bonding vs. Root Canals: What You Need to Know

Bonding vs. Root Canals: What You Need to Know

As you age, small chips and cracks may appear in your teeth. Tooth enamel wears away, gums recede, but our Encino dentist can help you tune your smile up a notch. If you primarily suffer from cosmetic damage on the surface of your smile, we can easily correct it with dental bonding.

Cosmetic bonding can address problems like:

Sometimes, however, you’ll have damage to your teeth that goes deeper than the surface, extending far through the inner dentin and even into the nerve. Cracks and cavities that aren’t repaired quickly will let bacteria in, causing infection in tooth and surrounding tissues. This kind of damage cannot be fixed with dental bonding, fillings, or even a crown. In order to save your tooth, you need a root canal.    

Getting a Root Canal Is Easier Than You Think

Root canal therapy is not scary; with current technology and modern anesthetics, it’s quick and easy. Your surrounding teeth, gums, and jaw will be numb during the procedure and you even have the option of a sedative to help you relax.  Within the timespan of a couple hours, Dr. Jamsheed will have cleaned out the tooth, placed a medicated filling inside of the nerve chamber, and placed a temporary crown to prevent any irritation.  In another two weeks, you can come back for your permanent crown to be fitted and bonded to your tooth.  This restoration protects the original tooth and looks like a natural part of your smile!

Our Encino office has everything you need to fix your teeth. Dental bonding and porcelain veneers are great options for cosmetic problems. But if your tooth is damaged and infected inside of the nerve, a root canal is your best option.  Call our offices today to find out which procedure is right for you!

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