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Why do I need a root canal?

This important therapy is performed when the root canal that is a part of the structure of your tooth becomes infected oMale Root Canal Patient | Smith Dental Root Canal FAQr damaged.

Reasons You Might Need a Root Canal

  • Trauma has caused your tooth to fracture.
  • A cavity has progressed too far and decay has reached the root canal or nerve of your tooth.
  • You have an abscess, a serious infection of the tooth and gum.
  • Decay has started again under an old metal filling.
  • A previous injury has damaged the pulp or the nerve of your tooth.

Often, pain is a reliable signal that root canal therapy is needed, but if the nerve is dead, you might not feel pain even though we can see the need for a root canal on an x-ray.

If we believe that you need a root canal, we'll discuss this with you and present you with all of your options.

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