Boyden Dental - Pediatric & Family Dentist in Salt Lake City, Utah

3920 S. 1100 E. Suite 330 ~ Salt Lake City, Utah 84124 ~ 801-576-1799

Fillings, Crowns & Root Canal FAQ

What causes tooth decay?

 Tooth decay is caused by plaque in your mouth reacting with sugary and starchy deposits from food. This reaction produces acid which damages the enamel over time and weakens the tooth.

What is a root canal? 

 A root canal is a procedure done to save the damaged or dead pulp in the root canal of the tooth by cleaning out the diseased pulp and reshaping the canal. The canal is filled with gutta percha, a rubberlike material, to prevent recontamination of the tooth. The tooth is then permanently sealed with possibly a post and/or a gold or porcelain crown. This enables patients to keep the original tooth.

What is the difference between a cap and a crown? 

There is no difference between a cap and a crown.