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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 12 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.
Dr. Jayang Vora
Dentistry 48 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.
Dr. Daniel Wolter
Dentistry 30 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.
Dr. William Dapper
Dentistry 36 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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