Root canal treatment after tooth filling?

by Unknown

So I went to the dentist a couple days ago for a check up appointment since I had this painful toothache in which she told me that there was a tooth decay on one of my big teeth at the back. She told me I could try for a tooth filling before she goes for the root canal treatment to see if the pain stays since she said it wasn't clear if my canal was affected by the decay in which I took the filling option first before I went for the canal treatment. A week has passed and I'm not quite sure if I should go for the root canal treatment since the pain is barely there when I eat. How do I know if I should go for the root canal treatment as she told me to go for another appointment with her if the pain is still there?

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Root Canal Needed?
by: rob

Hi Unknown - As you know, this is not medical advice. Think of it as neighborly advice:

If the pain is not severe and you are able to eat comfortably, it may be worth waiting a little longer to see if the tooth continues to improve on its own. However, if you experience any persistent pain or discomfort, you should follow up with your dentist as soon as possible. If left untreated, a decayed tooth can lead to serious complications, including infection and abscesses.

Your dentist is the best person to advise you on whether a root canal treatment is necessary. They will examine your tooth and determine the best course of action based on its condition. If your dentist recommends a root canal treatment, it is important to follow through with the procedure to prevent further complications and protect your oral health.

In the meantime, you can take steps to relieve any discomfort you may be experiencing. Over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen can help to alleviate pain and inflammation. You can also try applying a cold compress to the affected area to reduce swelling and numb any pain. Be sure to continue practicing good oral hygiene habits, including brushing and flossing regularly, to prevent further decay and maintain optimal dental health.

I hope all goes well.

Rob at SmileSteps

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