If you have a cavity that supposedly needs a ‘root canal procedure’ how long before you feel pain?

Question by Lu: If you have a cavity that supposedly needs a ‘root canal procedure’ how long before you feel pain?
I ask because its been about 2 months since I was supposed to get a root canal procedure and 3 cavity fillings/drillings. I canceled the appointment. The dentist said I would be in tremendous pain in about a month, that was on Dec 5th. Today is Feb 5th and I still feel no pain in any of my teeth. Can cavities be completely painless but also be progressing or getting worse? Should I see another dentist?
also I have been eating a special diet for teeth since I was diagnosed with the cavities. a high fat (olive oil/raw egg), high vegetable and protein and low in sugar/processed foods. Could this possibly have helped stop the progression of decay to a level?

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Answer by Ritz
Sometimes if the caries get arrested ie they donot progress at all then there is no pain. That happens if you maintain good oral hyg. But some times if it is chronic case then it can progress slowly but doesnot have any symptoms. So it is better to not to delay the things and visit the dentist. For more on Root Canal Treatment you can read the following very informative article….. http://www.identalhub.com/ArticleSubCategories.aspx?ArticleCategoryId=17&Name=Root%20Canal%20Therapy

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