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A 40-year-old member asked:

tooth is highly sensitive to heat and cold -- what could be the problem?

5 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Janelle Ferber-Stumpf
Dentistry 38 years experience
Several things: Hot and cold sensitivity can come from several problems. A hole in the tooth , a cracked tooth , a defective filling, a root that is exposed from gum recession are the most common. Have your dentist check it out. It won't go away and it becomes a more expensive to fix later!
Dr. Jonathan Engel
Dentistry 39 years experience
Several issues: One, decay, 2 tooth abrasion, 3 clenching and or grinding just to name a few.
Dr. John Thaler
Prosthodontics 41 years experience
Irreversible: Irreversible pulpitis. This means that the pulpal tissue ( nerve, blood vessels) has reached a point of accumulated trauma/irritation from which it is unable to recover. The inflammation is irreversible. See the root canal specialist - the Endodontist - for a thorough evaluation and treatment if needed. You may be lucky and this will recover without tx, but the symptoms are classic. Good Luck.
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
Pain Management 36 years experience
See a dentist: Teeth can be sensitive for many reasons. If a single tooth becomes sensitive to heat, the tooth's nerve may be dying. See your dentist for diagnosis and treatment if needed.
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Thermal Sensitivity: Any number of causes, including but not limited to cavities, loose or cracked filling, cracked tooth, or trauma. Best bet is to see a local dentist for an exam.

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My tooth is sensitive to heat. What could be wrong with it?

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Dr. Douglas Tavenner, jr.
Cosmetic Dentistry 50 years experience
Probable Infection: Get to your dentist now.

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