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How Long Should a Root Canal Be Sore?
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How Long Should a Root Canal Be Sore?

Updated 6/15/2020 The very name “root canal” can conjure dreadful notions of pain and suffering in the minds of patients. It’s no wonder that many people put off getting a root canal, fearing both pain during the root canal procedure and the soreness that could come afterwards. Fortunately, thanks to better techniques, improved technology, and...

Should I See an Endodontist?
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Should I See an Endodontist?

Why see an endodontist? There are some dental issues that are better left to a specialist rather than a regular dentist. An endodontist is a dentist who specializes in problems with the soft tissue and nerves inside teeth. An endodontist starts out with the same education as a dentist but then gets two or three...

When is a Root Canal Needed?
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When is a Root Canal Needed?

If you have pain while chewing, swollen gums, sensitivity to hot or cold, a chipped or broken tooth, or a cavity that you’ve ignored, the answer to “when is a root canal needed?” is most likely “Now!” Of course, a dentist or endodontist (a root canal specialist) will be the one to decide if it’s...

How Long Does a Root Canal Procedure Last?
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How Long Does a Root Canal Procedure Last?

When people ask how long a root canal procedure lasts, they can mean one of two things: First, how long does the root canal procedure itself take, and second, how long until they might need to have the procedure redone? The Root Canal Procedure A root canal procedure is necessary when the pulp at the...

What Do I Do About a Poorly Done Root Canal?
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What Do I Do About a Poorly Done Root Canal?

Congratulations! You’ve survived a root canal procedure. Contrary to popular belief, root canal treatment isn’t nearly as painful as its reputation makes it out to be. But even though it’s a routine treatment, unfortunately, complications sometimes arise. If you have a poorly done root canal, you may need to have the procedure redone in order...

How Does Dental Pulp Get Infected?
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How Does Dental Pulp Get Infected?

Deep inside the center of every tooth is an area called the pulp chamber. An infection in the pulp chamber can be painful and lead to serious dental issues. What exactly is dental pulp? And how does dental pulp get infected? What is Dental Pulp? Dental pulp is sometimes called the root of the tooth....

What’s the Difference Between a Dentist and an Endodontist?
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What’s the Difference Between a Dentist and an Endodontist?

Most people know, generally, what a dentist does. But what about an endodontist? Less than 3% of dentists go on to become endodontists, so it’s not surprising that many people might not know what they do. An endodontist is a dentist who specializes in root canal procedures and other treatments involving the pulp and nerves...

Dental Pulp Necrosis
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Dental Pulp Necrosis

While it might sound like the name of a heavy metal band, dental pulp necrosis is actually a quite serious condition: It’s when the soft pulp inside a tooth dies. It is often the final stage of pulpitis, and it is irreversible. Signs and Symptoms of Dental Pulp Necrosis Inside each tooth is a small...

Does a Root Canal Hurt as Much as They Say?
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Does a Root Canal Hurt as Much as They Say?

“I’d rather have a root canal!” We’ve all heard the jokes. When something unpleasant or painful comes up, you might hear it compared to this much-dreaded dental procedure. Why do people think of it as torture? Does a root canal hurt as bad as we’ve been led to believe? It may surprise you to learn...

Do I Need to Get My Cavity Filled?
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Do I Need to Get My Cavity Filled?

If you suspect you have a cavity, our article I Think I Have a Cavity – What Now? explains some of the symptoms. If you already know you have a cavity, your next question might be “Do I Need to Get My Cavity Filled?” Most people would like to avoid getting a cavity filled. But...