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Wednesday, August 5, 2015
No pain - Is a root canal necessary?
Recently a piece of my tooth (#20) cracked off. I was sent to an endodontist, who took x-rays and then tested the tooth for cold sensitivity, of which it had none. However, when she tried another tooth, I also felt no cold. So I`m not really sure why she is so sure I need a root canal before I get the crown put on. Any thoughts?
Since I have not performed the exam, I cannot tell you if your tooth needs a root canal. Sensitivity to cold is just one part of an exam. There are other tests that can be done and there are many reasons that a root canal may be necessary. If you have questions, I would direct those to the person performing the exam.
Melissa McCartney Drum, DDS, MS
Assistant Professor of Endodontics
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University