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Do I need a root canal?

I am a 39 year old with pain in the root of my tooth. Do I need a root canal?

11 Answers

If one has too pain, it possible but not certain a root canal may be necessary. Anyone with dental pain should seek evaluation by a dentist to fully determine what treatment options may be available.
It is hard to diagnose without a radiograph of the tooth. Please see your DMD for this
Short answer - maybe. It depends on what is causing your root to hurt. You need to see a dentist and have an X-ray and exam to determine the cause of your pain. The solution could be as simple as needing a filling or an occlusal guard or more complicated like a root canal or even an extraction. Do not delay seeking appropriate dental care - dental infections can be very serious.

If your dentist recommended it based on findings and you want to keep your tooth, then yes you should have one. The other option is extraction if the tooth nerve is involved.

Dr Jensen
You should see your dentist to diagnose the reason for the pain. After the source of your pain is identified, the proper treatment will be determined. But if you do need root canal treatment, your dentist will provide all the benefits as well as the risks associated with the procedure.
Good luck.
You will need to be evaluated by a dentist to determine if treatment is needed.

Brett E. Gilbert, D.D.S.

"Need" is a strong word. You have the options of 1) no treatment and suffer (doesn't make sense but some people put things off), 2) See your endodontist and diagnose the problem which could be root canal, periodontal (gums) fracture, deep treatable decay, or 3) pull the tooth and be done with it (though you ought to replace the tooth under most circumstances).
Good luck.

Sorry to hear about your tooth pain. It is possible you would need a root canal, but it depends on the type and source of the pain. This means that you would need to see someone for diagnostics.
Best of luck to you!

William F. Scott IV, DMD
You will need to see a dentist for an x-ray and testing of the tooth to diagnose. The diagnosis will determine if the tooth requires a root canal or not.
You have not provided enough information to determine for sure if you need a root canal. Without seeing and xray and examining the tooth clinically, I can only speculate. Pain alone does not necessarily mean you need a root canal. A root canal is necessary when the nerve in your tooth has been damaged to a point that it can no longer heal back to a normal condition. Typical symptoms of a tooth are moderate to severe pain, spontaneous pain, radiating pain, and/or lingering pain that lasts for more than a few minutes. You should make an appointment with an endodontist to make a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.
Pain in the root can be caused by different factors. You will need to have a radio-graph (x-ray) of the area and an exam to know for sure. Typically, pain signifying the need for a root canal will be constant and throbbing. However, everyone's pain is different and without an exam it is difficult to say if you will need a root canal, an extraction or a less invasive procedure.