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When will a root canal be required?

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Posted by: katycathy  (8 years ago)
Hello there!

When I went to the dentist for my dental cleaning, he said I have a minor cavity, which needed to be filled. When I went in for my “filling” appointment, he had difficulty numbing the tooth completely. He had to add another shot. Since I had the filling, the tooth became extremely sensitive to cold; even a deep breath of air would aggravate it. I had to return to the dentist every two weeks to have my bite adjusted. During my fourth visit, he referred me to an endodontist for a possible root canal treatment.

Does a cold sensitive tooth require root canal? The x-ray does not indicate any sign of infection. Please advise me! I just want to be sure that this is really what I need before going to the endodontist. Thanks.
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Hello there!

When I went to the dentist for my dental cleaning, he said I have a minor cavity, which needed to be filled. When I went in for my “filling” appointment, he had difficulty numbing the tooth completely. He had to add another shot. Since I had the filling, the tooth became extremely sensitive to cold; even a deep breath of air would aggravate it. I had to return to the dentist every two weeks to have my bite adjusted. During my fourth visit, he referred me to an endodontist for a possible root canal treatment.

Does a cold sensitive tooth require root canal? The x-ray does not indicate any sign of infection. Please advise me! I just want to be sure that this is really what I need before going to the endodontist. Thanks.


Let me guess. The filling placed was a white plastic one that leaks like crazy, instead of a silver amalgam, right?

The problem may be one of leakage. You can try resealing the filling, or removing it and placing a temporary to see if the sensitivity calms down. A root canal is not a foregone conclusion.
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