I have a tooth that needs a root canal but I don’t feel any pain in the tooth. How long can my root canal be delayed before I get the procedure?
– Jonathan from Oklahoma
It’s hard to estimate how long you can go without a root canal without seeing your tooth. If your tooth is causing you pain, you need to do the procedure right away. If your tooth hurts a little or hurt recently and the pain went away, you still need to have the root canal as soon as you can schedule it. Pain, past or present indicates an active infection that’s growing and when it comes to your teeth, the sooner you deal with it, the better.
If you notice a pimple in your gums or drainage in your mouth, the same applies. Active infections must be handled promptly. While it’s not an emergency, you want to schedule the procedure soon.
If your tooth hurt a long while ago, or never hurt at all, it may or may not be a problem to delay your procedure. Sometimes a tooth infection slowly eats away at the tooth root and will keep growing until the tooth is destroyed. If you are told the infection is latent and your tooth is fully intact with no active decay, you may be able to wait. Be sure you get expert advice.
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