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I have a small cavity right next to my gum, does that mean i will need it pulled or a root canal?

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Dr. Sam Markzar
Dentistry - Periodontics
5 doctors agree

In brief: Possibly neither one

....... If the cavity is of a small size, your dentist can most likely fix it with a simple filling.
If the cavity is penetrating deeper, then you might need a root canal treatment, followed by a crown. And if the caviry is encompassing major area of your tooth that renders it un-restorable, ....Then you should think about having it removed (atraumatically), and later on implant and a new crown.

In brief: Possibly neither one

....... If the cavity is of a small size, your dentist can most likely fix it with a simple filling.
If the cavity is penetrating deeper, then you might need a root canal treatment, followed by a crown. And if the caviry is encompassing major area of your tooth that renders it un-restorable, ....Then you should think about having it removed (atraumatically), and later on implant and a new crown.
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Dr. Danni Sayman
Dentistry - Endodontics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: no

Go asap to your dentist and if it is not too deep you may not need root canal and /or extraction.

In brief: no

Go asap to your dentist and if it is not too deep you may not need root canal and /or extraction.
Dr. Danni Sayman
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Dr. Reena Gupta
Dentistry
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In brief: No doesn't have to

A small cavity can be filled.
Depending on the location..Sometimes may need crown..It would only need to have root canal if nerve involved or extraction if unrestorable with fill..Or crown..The best way is to see dentist and can go over different options.

In brief: No doesn't have to

A small cavity can be filled.
Depending on the location..Sometimes may need crown..It would only need to have root canal if nerve involved or extraction if unrestorable with fill..Or crown..The best way is to see dentist and can go over different options.
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