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What is a 'hot' nerve in a tooth that needs root canal?
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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Inflammed or infecte
Also may mean sensitivity to heat or cold, which is indicative of a possible root canal problem.

In brief: Inflammed or infecte
Also may mean sensitivity to heat or cold, which is indicative of a possible root canal problem.
Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Dr. Peter Kurzweil
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Dr. Matt Fulmer
Dentistry
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In brief: Inflamed
We as dentist describe a nerve as "hot" when it is inflamed, typically irreversibly.
What this means is that the inflamed nerve will not heal itself and will need to be removed...This is done with a root canal. "hot" teeth are typically hard to numb.

In brief: Inflamed
We as dentist describe a nerve as "hot" when it is inflamed, typically irreversibly.
What this means is that the inflamed nerve will not heal itself and will need to be removed...This is done with a root canal. "hot" teeth are typically hard to numb.
Dr. Matt Fulmer
Dr. Matt Fulmer
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Dr. Gary Alder
Hot teeth are those with pain mediator chemicals so prevalent and the sensory response so great that routine local anesthesia techniques are insufficient to completely block the pain signal. Advanced techniques such as injecting the ligament around the tooth or injecting into the bone directly, administration medications the increase the pain threshold and work on a different mechanism of pain management may need to be employed in these special cases.
In brief: Painful tooth
A hot nerve describes the nerve in a tooth that is highly responsive to stimulation.
The patient is typically in severe pain and the the risk of pain increases during and after treatment in these cases.

In brief: Painful tooth
A hot nerve describes the nerve in a tooth that is highly responsive to stimulation.
The patient is typically in severe pain and the the risk of pain increases during and after treatment in these cases.
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