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What is the difference between dental filling and root canal treatment?

What is the difference between dental filling and root canal treatment?

Many friends confuse the concepts of dental filling and root canal treatment, which are actually not the same. Dental filling and root canal treatment are two completely different dental treatment methods, which differ greatly in terms of operation specifications and application conditions.


So, what is root canal treatment? What is the difference between root canal treatment and dental filling? Today, an analysis will be shared to you. First, we need to clarify the difference between the two concepts.


1. The difference between dental filling and root canal treatment


The concept of dental filling: the use of artificial materials to repair dental tissue defects caused by dental caries, wedge-shaped defects, trauma and others to restore its shape and function. The materials used for repair are called filling materials. In terms of process, dental filling is mainly divided into three steps: cavity preparation, cavity disinfection and cavity filling. The core content of dental filling is to fill the cleaned cavities with filling materials at one time, which is generally suitable for teeth with normal pulps that are not infected or diseased.


2. What is root canal treatment?


Root canal treatment is the most effective way to solve pulpitis and periapical periodontitis. When the dental pulp is infected, it is necessary to remove the inflammatory pulp and necrotic material in the root canal, and perform proper disinfection and filling to remove bad irritation and prevent pathological changes. As the name suggests, for the dental pulp that has been diseased, dental filling is no longer helpful, and root canal treatment must be used. However, root canal treatment is not just an "upgraded version" of dental filling. There are essential differences in treatment and methods between these two.

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