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Travis Buxton, DDS

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When is a root canal necessary?

Root Canal | Dental Patient Toothache | Dr. Travis BuxtonA root canal procedure becomes necessary when the inner part of the tooth - called the pulp - becomes infected. An infection can occur due to circumstances that compromise the inner part of the tooth such as injury, a crack in the tooth, or advanced decay. 

Symptoms of infection can vary greatly, so it is not always easy to tell whether or not you may need a root canal. In some cases, discoloration of the tooth may occur, making it appear shadowy or darkened. You may feel a dull throbbing pain or pain upon biting down; however, some people feel no pain from their tooth infection. The absence of pain may actually indicate that the nerve has died - meaning that a root canal may be needed.

Some people may be unaware of a tooth infection for a long period of time. Sometimes the only way to be sure that there is an infection is through dental x-rays and other methods of examination by a dental professional. 

Often, the best way to address such an infection - and sometimes the only way to save your natural tooth - is through root canal therapy. 

If you suspect that you may need a root canal, schedule a consultation with your Maine Family Dental dentist.

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