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Root Canals

Pulp Test

07/07/2010

Question:

I`ve been having tooth pain since I had a crown placed, with temporary adhesive. My dentist wants to take off the crown to do a pulp test and then probably do a root canal. Is the pulp test necessary if he is planning on doing a root canal anyway or could the pulp test help to prevent me from needing the root canal? Thank you.

Answer:

Pulp testing is a diagnostic tool used to assist in determining whether you need a root canal. 

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Response by:

Melissa McCartney Drum, DDS, MS Melissa McCartney Drum, DDS, MS
Assistant Professor of Endodontics
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University