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Does tooth pain mean I need a root canal?

I am a 30-year-old female who has pain in my tooth, does this mean I need a root canal?

9 Answers

No, tooth pain does not necessarily mean you need a root canal, although often it does. Some conditions may heal on their own or require different kinds of treatment such as a filling, cleaning, or extraction. Every case is different, so when one has tooth pain, it is important to see a dentist for evaluation before it gets worse.
Very possible a root canal. You need to see your dentist who will diagnose the reasons for your pain. Do not delay.
Not necessarily, a cavity or even recession can cause tooth pain. The best thing is to see a Dentist and have your problem diagnosed.
50% of the time, yes
Not necessarily. There are many things that can cause tooth pain and only certain ones would indicate a root canal. I recommend you visit a dentist so they can test the teeth and get the images that will help with the decision.

Hope this helps,

Jossi Stokes, DDS
Often, but not always. It could be a root canal, periodontal problem, referred pain from the TMJ (temporal-mandibular joint), occlusal trauma, etc. Your endodontist (root canal specialist) will perform and exam and determine the cause of the pain and then it can be treated.
Not necessarily; it will depend on the level of the infection in your tooth and where the pain is coming from. Tooth pain can be related to decay, fracture, heavy bite forces, gum disease, etc. See a dentist to find out what is the source and level of pain to get the correct treatment.
Tooth pain does not necessarily mean you need a root canal. A root canal is necessary when the nerve inside your tooth has been injured to the point where it can no longer heal. Pain is one symptom of a tooth that needs a root canal, but you should visit and dentist to determine what is causing the tooth pain, and if anything can be done to allow the nerve inside your tooth to heal. If the nerve cannot heal, then you do need a root canal.
See your dentist. Have your teeth checked. Start flossing and brushing. Pain in a tooth can come from your tooth, your gums. You may have some food caught under your gum. Not all tooth pain means you need a root canal.