I have a bottom side tooth that my partial clamps to. Things have been fine for the past several years until recently, that tooth started to ache a bit. Off and on, dull pain, not too bad and only a few times in the past 6 months.
This weekend, the tooth started to ache, worse - sharper pain .... I was told (by the dentist in Nov. during an appt) that if it continued to ache, he *may* need to do a root canal in the future.
So.....today, I went to see the dentist, thinking a root canal would be the answer since the tooth has bothered me off and on a few times since my last visit in Nov..... However, after he x-rayed the tooth, confirmed it was "fine" and the pain was "off and on - not too bad" that a root canal would not be needed.
My question...when is a root canal needed? I thought if a tooth ached and ya didnt want to have pulled, that ya would need a root canal (and later a crown)
also...to double check the tooth, he drilled a tiny hole in it, to detemined that the "nerve was not dead" OMG!
trust me, it was not dead by no means and he said that was a good sign and for me to not worry about the tooth, it was fine, no decay, no cracks, no absese and the nerve was fine, so no need for a root canal.....
so, now I just worry about when it will start hurting again.
anyone experience this or have further info?