I have had a dark shadow on my front tooth which has been crowned for 17 yrs. I have had no pain since the shadow was discovered 5 yrs ago. I went to get a root canal consultation 2 yrs ago and was told to do a root canal but I can't see doing it if it's not bothering me. I would like your professional opinion based on what I've told you.
Thank you,

Good morning Shac,

If you have had a diagnosis of needing a root canal, I would certainly suggest that you have the procedure done. The reason is that an untreated root canal is like a time never know when it could act up and become a full blown abscess. Murphy's Law says it would happened the night before you have a big event planned or before a much needed vacation. Becoming a dental emergency is not a pleasant way to spend your time.

I certainly understand your reluctance to get this done when it isn't bothering you, but in my experience, it is only a matter of time before it becomes a problem.

Hope this helps.

Gary Backlund DMD, MSD


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Gary Backlund, DMD, MSD


I am an Endodontist ( root canal specialist ) and can answer questions about root canals and their treatment. I cannot diagnose or treat online, but can answer general questions. I have been a specialist for 25 years and am Past President of the Washington State Association of Endodontists.


25 years practicing as a specialist

American Association of Endodonists, Past President Washington State Association of Endodontists.

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