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Tooth nerve is shrinking: pain level: 1-3 ( 7-8 times per day) wearing braces front anterior normal because of braces? root canal? treatment?

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Dr. Robert Trager answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Pressure: The braces could be too tight causing more pressure than normal so that the (pulp) nerve is sensitive and the added trauma could cause it to die and a root canal would be indicated.

Answered 2/21/2013

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Dr. Gary Sandler answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Wait and watch: Pulp canal obliteration occurs commonly following traumatic injuries to teeth. The critical management decision being whether to treat these teeth endodontically immediately upon detection of the pulpal obliteration or to wait until symptoms or signs of pulp and or periapical disease occur. Personally, i would suggest limiting orthodontic pressures on that tooth temporarily and see what happens.

Answered 2/21/2013

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Dr. Nishan Odabashian answered

Specializes in Endodontics

See your dentist: Make sure your orthodontist is not moving your teeth too fast. Have your general dentist take an xray radiograph and check to see if you have any teeth with irreversible pulpitis. If ther is a large decay then, you may need root canal treatment.

Answered 4/2/2015

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Dr. Arnold Malerman answered

Specializes in Orthodontics

Seek Rx now: Tooth nerves don't shrink. There may be some transient discomfort with orthodontic treatment. Talk to both your orthodontic specialist and your general dentist to see if pain management treatment is necessary.

Answered 4/30/2014

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Dr. Kenneth Grossman answered

Specializes in Endodontics

Calcification s: By a shrinking nerve you are probably referring to a calcified pulp chamber and canal. This can be a result of mant things, and if its associated w pain, you should get an endodontic evaluation.

Answered 6/24/2014

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