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Does having tooth sensitivity mean you need a root canal?

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Dr. Seth Rosen
Dentistry
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In brief: Not necessarily

Tooth sensitivity does not usually require a root canal in order to effectively treat it.
There are many procedures that precede a root canal that can be used to treat the sensitivity. Most commonly, you should use a desensitizing toothpaste such as sensodyne and a Fluoride mouthwash. Usually this works. In cases of extreme sensitivity you may require a root canal.

In brief: Not necessarily

Tooth sensitivity does not usually require a root canal in order to effectively treat it.
There are many procedures that precede a root canal that can be used to treat the sensitivity. Most commonly, you should use a desensitizing toothpaste such as sensodyne and a Fluoride mouthwash. Usually this works. In cases of extreme sensitivity you may require a root canal.
Dr. Seth Rosen
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Dr. Keith Grimm
Dentistry

In brief: Not always

Some tooth sensitivity can be normal; however, prolonged sensitivity to hot temperatures or tapping on your teeth can be signs that the tooth is abcessed and needs a root canal.
Momentary sensitivity to cold water or air can sometimes be expected.

In brief: Not always

Some tooth sensitivity can be normal; however, prolonged sensitivity to hot temperatures or tapping on your teeth can be signs that the tooth is abcessed and needs a root canal.
Momentary sensitivity to cold water or air can sometimes be expected.
Dr. Keith Grimm
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