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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.
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Dr. Jayang Vora
Dentistry 49 years experience
Root canal: Heat sensitivity is a sign of inflamed nerve tissue within the tooth. Only long term solution can be root canal. Temp. Solution is take motrinib over the counter.
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Dr. Daniel Wolter
Dentistry 31 years experience
Nothing Predictable: Hot sensitivity (opposed to cold) is normally a sign of an advancing infection within a tooth. This can only be treated by root canal therapy or tooth removal. Sometimes, such teeth are split and can't be fixed. In rare cases, it could simply be a cavity, or gum recession, but only your dentist can see the difference. 99% of the time you'll need the root canal if you want to save the tooth.
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Dr. William Dapper
Dentistry 37 years experience
Get examined: Heat is often a sign of an irreversible pulpitis. Root canal therapy may be imminent if you decide to maintain the tooth. Have the tooth examined for caries and/or a existing failing restoration.
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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.
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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.
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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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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.
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Last updated Sep 28, 2016

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