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If you’re suffering from serious tooth pain, but can’t seem to pin down the source of it, chances are you may need to undergo a root canal procedure in order to ease the pain and, if you’ll pardon the pun, get to the root of the issue.

Let’s take a few moments to look at some of the reasons why you may need to get a root canal.

Tooth decay

If you have a tooth that’s giving you serious trouble, and the source of that pain is decay in the tooth itself, then it’s almost a lock that you’ll require a root canal to solve the problem. It’s important to note here that a root canal isn’t performed to save the life of a tooth; rather, it’s like “mummifying” the tooth. When a root canal is performed, it’s done so on a dead tooth. A root canal simply saves the tooth from falling out, removing the need for an implant.

Positional pain

If your tooth pain gets worse based on your body’s position (lying down or standing up) then it’s likely a sign that you have an abscess. An abscess leads to dead teeth quickly, so if you let this linger you can lose the tooth and end up needing a root canal.

At the end of the day, you need to talk with your dentist at length to determine whether you need a root canal, or if you’d be better served by receiving an implant. Here at Shanker Dental our doctors are adept at both procedures and can provide you the information to make the best possible choice for your oral health.