Do I need this root canal?
May 17, 2011 10:08 PM Subscribe
Do I really need a root canal on a tooth that has no symptoms, but that the dentist is suddenly *very* concerned about?
posted by I_love_the_rain to Health & Fitness (19 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I've recently been told by my dentist that he thinks, although he is not sure, that I may need a root canal on a premolar. This tooth has a large filling in it, and has not caused me a lick of trouble since the filling was put in about 7 years ago. I went in to a new dentist a year ago, who took x-rays and never said anything about that tooth. Two weeks ago, her colleague looked at the x-rays and told me he thought he spotted an abcess on the tip of the root (!), and that the tooth seems dead to him, needs a root canal, all that. So he's referring me to an endodontist, who I will see tomorrow. My question is, is this common? In the research I've been doing, teeth that need root canals make themselves known, and I just don't know what to think. I certainly don't want to have work done that doesn't need to be done. Does anyone have any experience with invisible abcesses that don't cause pain? Also, is there anything I should ask my endodontist when I see him? I don't know what I'm supposed to ask in regards to this procedure.