A 44-year-old member asked:
i have a tooth that is sensitive to heat and cold and it also seems to hurt when i bite a certain way. what could cause this?
3 doctor answers • 4 doctors weighed in
Dentistry 26 years experience
Nerve involvement: The nerve of the tooth is usually affected when you have heat and bite sensitivity. Only an xray can determine if this is the case. Please seek dental attention as soon as possible. If you have either a cavity or a fractured tooth affecting the nerve, a root canal treatment or extraction may be necessary to resolve your pain.
Dentistry 13 years experience
Tooth infection: Hot and cold sensitivity are classic signs of tooth neve infection. The solution is root canal or tooth extraction. Get to your dentist asap to prevent a worsening of infection. Hope that helps, dr. Jonathan neman.
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Heat/cold/bite: Your triad of symptoms indicate a cavity and/or fracture involving the nerve of the tooth. Important that you have this treated ASAP because of the risk of spreading infection. Please see your Dentist for Rx or referral/ You may need root canal/crown or extraction/implant/crown.
Last updated Aug 18, 2019
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