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Wait for the nerves to settle down or root canal?

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Posted by: imshakira  (9 years ago)
Hi all:-)

My first premolar had split in half five months ago. The dentist put a temporary crown on it because the nerve was very sensitive. After a month, the tooth still hurt when I bite down on it. I went back to the dentist and he said, I can have a root canal performed and get a crown fitted in after or I can wait for the nerve to settle down if I can still live with the sensitivity. Can you please advise me on what to do? All I want is to save this tooth. Thanks!
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Posted by: sweetbitter  (9 years ago)
Hello Shakira:-)

It seems to me that the nerve is exposed and because of this you will continuously have some troubles. The tooth can be saved by a root canal treatment. I would do this sooner rather than later.
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Posted by: Manchy  (9 years ago)
It's very difficult to tell where the sensitivity is coming from. OR is it a sensitivity (Nerve pain) or pain feeling coming from the root of the tooth when you bite down (this is telling me that pressure is causing the pain or cracked tooth syndrome where there is a crack somewhere on the tooth and you will feel the pain when u bite down on the tooth then release).
Did your dentist take a periapical x-ray of ur tooth (long x-ray where u can see the root end of that).
You mentioned ur tooth split in half, how dd it split ? dd ur dentist suspect that a fracture line might be going down to the roots? How much tooth is left?
Does your temp crown have a good seal around it's margin and is covering all the areas that could possibly causing u sensitivity.
There are loads of things to think about before suggesting anything.
I would recommend u take any existing x-rays u've got and consult another dentist for a second opinion. It's very difficult to establish a diagnosis without actually examining your tooth an looking at the x-ray.
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