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When do I need a root canal?

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Dr. Mark Venincasa
Dentistry - Cosmetic

In brief: Numerous reasons...

Root canal treatment may be recommended to treat deep decay, to remove infected or severely inflamed tissues within the tooth, or to allow a post to be placed for crown preparation.

In brief: Numerous reasons...

Root canal treatment may be recommended to treat deep decay, to remove infected or severely inflamed tissues within the tooth, or to allow a post to be placed for crown preparation.
Dr. Mark Venincasa
Dr. Mark Venincasa
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In brief: Damaged Nerve

Irreversible nerve damage can only be treated by removing the damaged tissue and sealing the canals with a root canal or by removing the tooth.

In brief: Damaged Nerve

Irreversible nerve damage can only be treated by removing the damaged tissue and sealing the canals with a root canal or by removing the tooth.
Dr. Hetesh Ranchod -- Dr. Ranch
Dr. Hetesh Ranchod -- Dr. Ranch
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In brief: Pain/infection

Bacteria in a tooth's nerve from decay or fracture will lead to inflammation of the nerve and eventual infection.
Once it is determined that a nerve is infected or will not get better, a root canal is needed. Pain is not always present. Some teeth may need root canals to allow for a post that can anchor fillings or crowns on to the tooth.

In brief: Pain/infection

Bacteria in a tooth's nerve from decay or fracture will lead to inflammation of the nerve and eventual infection.
Once it is determined that a nerve is infected or will not get better, a root canal is needed. Pain is not always present. Some teeth may need root canals to allow for a post that can anchor fillings or crowns on to the tooth.
Dr. Dominick Curalli
Dr. Dominick Curalli
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