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Tooth pain has a lot of causes, and even more solutions. So how do you know if your tooth pain will be resolved by a root canal? Let’s take a look at the answer to the question.

Tooth decay

If you have a tooth that’s giving you serious trouble, and the source of that pain is decay in the tooth itself, then it’s almost a lock that you’ll require a root canal to solve the problem. It’s important to note here that a root canal isn’t performed to save the life of a tooth; rather, it’s like “mummifying” the tooth. When a root canal is performed, it’s done so on a dead tooth. A root canal simply saves the tooth from falling out, removing the need for an implant.

Positional pain

If your tooth pain gets worse based on your body’s position (lying down or standing up) then it’s likely a sign that you have an abscess. An abscess leads to dead teeth quickly, so if you let this linger you can lose the tooth and end up needing a root canal.

Lingering pain

If you have lingering pain in your tooth, it’s likely a sign of dead pulp inside the tooth, which means you’ll need a root canal.
A root canal is a procedure you should only undergo after serious conversation between you and your dentist. Here at McAllister Dentistry our dentists will go over all the pros and cons of a root canal, based on your personal needs, and help you make the best choice for your teeth and their health.