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Is it okay to undergo a root canal treatment even if I have an abscess?

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In brief: Yes

Root canal therapy is designed to treat the inside of the tooth and remove infected and diseased pulpal tissues.
This is what caused the tooth abcess. Your dentist may prescribe an antibiotic first, and then proceed with the root canal, or they may prescribe it after. In any case the root canal is the definitive treatment for the tooth abcess.

In brief: Yes

Root canal therapy is designed to treat the inside of the tooth and remove infected and diseased pulpal tissues.
This is what caused the tooth abcess. Your dentist may prescribe an antibiotic first, and then proceed with the root canal, or they may prescribe it after. In any case the root canal is the definitive treatment for the tooth abcess.
Dr. Marguerite Myers
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Dr. Keith Grimm
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In brief: Risk vs benefit

You have to weigh the risk complications of immediate treatment vs the risk of waiting on antibiotics to attack the infection.
Sometimes it's best to at least open the tooth and medicate it, then wait for the abcess to "settle down" before completing the root canal.

In brief: Risk vs benefit

You have to weigh the risk complications of immediate treatment vs the risk of waiting on antibiotics to attack the infection.
Sometimes it's best to at least open the tooth and medicate it, then wait for the abcess to "settle down" before completing the root canal.
Dr. Keith Grimm
Dr. Keith Grimm
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