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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.
Dr. Stanley Lin
Dentistry 18 years experience
Maybe: Heat sensitivity does not necessarily mean you need a root canal. Depending on the length of time the heat sensitivity lasts and how it responds to heat compared to other teeth you may or may not need a root canal. Dentists will also look at other factors such as if the tooth is sensitive to biting pressure or tapping on it.

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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.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Does heat sensitivity mean I need a root canal?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Matt Fulmer
Dentistry 16 years experience
Heat sensitivity : In short, no. Heat sensitivity does not always mean a root canal is needed. I can, however, indicate a crack or decay. It is also possible a root canal might be needed but a dentist would need to evaluate the tooth to be positive.
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.
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.
Last updated Oct 22, 2016

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