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Posted by Dana on March 31, 2000 at 17:15:12:

In Reply to: Re: pain in teeth and jaw posted by Jen on March 30, 2000 at 14:29:54:

: Sounds like you may be heading towards a root canal. Im not sure what happened, but if it was a very deep filling, sometimes this can damage the nerve and cause it to die. Perhaps there is a small fracture which is causing the pain. An xray will determine if there is an abcess. The doctor can check using percussion, ice, pulp testing etc if the tooth is vital. If not, a root canal is needed.

If a root canal is performed, do I lose that tooth? How bad is root canal? What about the recovery time? And, most important, is my dentist a good one if this happened to me? It was a deep filling. Do I trust him to do the root canal?

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