Oral Health

Question
Posted by: Terry Leigh | 2008/12/01

Q.

Grinding Teeth - Root Canal?

Hi,

I' ve just gone for the first procedure for a root canal. I had severe pain on one of my molars, which got progressively worse over the last 6 months. My dentist said that it was due to grinding my teeth, as he couldn' t see any problems on the surface, and that the grinding had impacted the cushioning, and had infected the nerves.

My question is, if there were no problems on the surface of my teeth, and the pain worsened when I drank something cold, would I really have had to go for a root canal?

Expert's Reply

A.

Oral health expert

yes, if that's what the dentist's examination pointed to.
sometimes the surface of the teeth can be perfectly healthy but there could be a problem in the nerves of the teeth

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