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A 34-year-old member asked:

is it true that root canal treatment eliminates any sensitivity since the tooth is practically "dead' after treatment?

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Dr. Douglas Tavenner, jr.
Cosmetic Dentistry 50 years experience
No more nerve: When the nerve of the tooth gets infected, the dead nerve and blood vessel are removed from the canal in the root of the tooth (like taking a bad electrical wire out of a conduit). Then after the bacteria has been cleaned out, a special type of filling material is packed in this open canal to seal it from having bacteria seep in from the end of the root in the bone.
Dr. Allan Hawryluk
Dentistry 19 years experience
True...but... : Yes, a root canal will eliminate all temperature sensitivity on a tooth. Personally I do not classify the tooth as alive before the root canal and dead after. The surrounding tissue is more than enough to keep a tooth healthy after a root canal even though the pulp inside the tooth has been removed.
Dr. Saleh Elahwal
Endodontics 35 years experience
Root canal traetment: Most teeth that have undergone a root canal will not be sensitive at all. This is because all the nerve and pulp has been cleaned out from the inside.There may be a period of post-op discomfort, not for long, and not to the hot and cold triggers that many people find painful when their tooth is so damaged that it needs a root canal in the first place.If it persists, you should see the dentist again.
Dr. Behram Dalal
Dentistry 31 years experience
Also depends on the thoroughness of the root canal cleaning, shaping and obturation If symptoms persist an evaluation may be indicated
May 4, 2013

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