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A 49-year-old male asked:

Does experiencing heat sensitivity in a tooth always mean a root canal is necessary?

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Dr. Clarence Grim
Endocrinology 57 years experience
Based on my personal experience No.
Dr. Dean Burnett
Endodontics 31 years experience
Unfortunately, mostost often dental pain caused by heat is an initial indicator that an infection is present, or is soon follow. Basically pressure and pain are caused by heating fluid (infection) inside a closed space (tooth). It is also possible to be a periodontal infection. Regardless, I suggest getting it evaluated sooner than later.

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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 17 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.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Does heat sensitivity mean I need a root canal?

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Dr. Matt Fulmer
Dentistry 15 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.
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.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Is tooth needing root canal sensitive to heat?

4 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 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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