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A 48-year-old member asked:

does tooth heat sensitivity mean you need a root canal?

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Dr. Wayne Roccia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 17 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 17 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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