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A 34-year-old member asked:

Is tooth needing root canal sensitive to heat?

4 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 55 years experience
Sometimes: Sensitivity to heat may or may not be an indication for the need for root canal therapy. Determining whether or not you require rct is more complicated than merely based upon that one symptom. Your dentist can examine you and determine what treatment is appropriate.
Dr. Stephen Shpeen
39 years experience
Heat sensitivity: A tooth needing root canal can be heat sensitive. Usually this woud indicate an infected tooth unless you are also senstive to cold. At any rate it would be a good thing to see your denist or endodonist to check your tooth.
Dr. Kenneth Grossman
A Verified Doctoranswered
Endodontics 45 years experience
Can be: Root canals are needed on teeth with pulpal disease. There are several stages of pulpal disease that all exhibit certain clinical symptoms. Early symptoms are cold sensitivity, later and more advanced is heat sensitivity, and lastly is pressure sensitivity. Also these symptoms can occur together at times. And many times there can be pain without any stimuli. Have an expert evaluate your heat sens.
Dr. Reena Gupta
Dentistry 20 years experience
Yes could be: When there is tooth infection..Caused by cavity penetrating enamel and dentin ..The exposed nerve endings and underlying nerve can cause sensitivity to heat..So heat sensitivity canbe experienced by a tooth needing rct but not always the tooth needing rct will have heat sensitivity..

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A 48-year-old member asked:

Does tooth heat sensitivity mean you need a root canal?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Wayne Roccia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 18 years experience
Often times: Sensivity to hot and cold often times is a sign of inflammation of the tooth nerve, called pulpitis. The treatment is root canal therapy.
A 30-year-old member asked:

What can I do if I have tooth heat sensitivity, don't want a root canal?

4 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 13 years experience
Not much: Just because it is sense to heat does not mean you need root canal but if it is hurting a lot or starts to hurt from other things or radomly with out any stimulation then you do need a root canal or you may have to have it removed.
Long Beach, NY
A 49-year-old male asked:

Does experiencing heat sensitivity in a tooth always mean a root canal is necessary?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Clarence Grim
Endocrinology 58 years experience
Based on my personal experience No.

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