If there is a cavity present on the x-ray and your dentist feels it might need a root canal it can not be left as it is. Many times you will feel no sensitivity even though there is a extensive cavity present. You will be doing yourself a disservice if you ignore the problem.
your dentist should explain to you WHY you need root canal treatment. It is possible to be in need of such treatment without having any symptoms, although such is not the norm. I think you need to have the scenrio explained to you. If at that point, you ae not comfortable, you should seek another opinion with a dentist you are referred to by a friend or family member.
Actually, lack of symptoms can easily be the norm if the nerves have died off. That's happened to me three times. The first time, it was caught early enough that I only needed a root canal. The second and third times, the infection was so much further progressed (asymptomatic failure of two previous regular root canals) that I needed apicoectomies. All three times, I had no symptoms but the need showed up on x-rays. And they were watched for a couple of years to make sure, and the infection was progressing with each new x-ray.
for a first time root canal, it is not the norm to be asymptomatic.
Hi I had a root canal last year and have had a fistula ever since. My dentist just referred me to an oral surgeon for apicoectomy. How bad is it? How long was your recovery and do you know the success rate. thanks.