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Posts: 39
Registered: ‎09-26-2006

Has anyone ever had a tooth that was heat sensitive but recovered?

Normally if your tooth is sensitive to hot and cold and infected you progress immediately to a root canal.

I had lower jaw line pain but was not having sensitivity to heat anywhere (or so I thought). I went to the dentist who took x-rays of my lower jaw but those teeth were fine.

She tapped my upper tooth, #3, and I about hit the ceiling. An x-ray of that showed "something" with the tooth going on near the jawbone and extending into the sinus. Her first opinion was that it might just be a sinus infection with minor tooth involvement. But maybe she was going on my belief that it was not heat sensitive nor my jaw swollen.

She gave me antibiotics, and said even if the tooth was on its way out, the antibiotics could buy some time for me to raise the money for a root canal (and then a crown).

I am 56 years old and have all my natural teeth and do not want to pull any of them out. I just cannot pay right at this minute for a root canal. I may be able to in a couple of months due to some money I am owed in a trust fund.

Tonight while eating something hot, it pressed against that tooth and once again I went nuts. Then the pain subsided.

So, can anyone here offer me ANY hope that maybe I can avoid a root canal for a few months if it is an infection? Has anyone ever had HEAT sensitivity that was eventually resolved without a root canal? Or had discomfort and antibiotics helped for a while.

I NEED HOPE here!!!!

Meanwhile, my lower jaw is still aching (referred pain is what they call it) and my upper teeth do not bother me at all unless I put something hot or cold against that one spot (tooth). I can even brush with warmish water without discomfort but hot water right on it (or cold) sends that tooth shock and instant pain that takes a minute to subside.

Anyone?
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Registered: ‎09-08-2006

Has anyone ever had a tooth that was heat sensitive but recovered?

in reply to a*painted*lady
I had almost the same problem that you describe.
My dentist said I didn't need a root canal and thought I may grind my teeth at night. He told me to buy a football mouth guard (the boilable kind) and wear it to bed. I didn't have any symptoms of TMJ but bought the mouthguard. I didn't like wearing it so went to a specialist. She did 7 root canals on my bottom front tooth, which only has 2 canals. The reason? she kept making it worse and was "trying to help ease the pain." Later I found out the regular dentist was right, the specialist did SEVEN root canals for no reason at all ecxept that the tooth was sensitive. So, to give you some hope, try a guard like football players wear. That may be all you need to relieve your pain.
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Registered: ‎09-26-2006

Has anyone ever had a tooth that was heat sensitive but recovered?

in reply to a*painted*lady
Summertimedream, thank you. As a matter of fact my dentist has already sugested that I do exactly what you did. I may be grinding my teeth.

The x-ray did show infection but it was not like the normal where the whole tooth is involved. It was on the rim between the tooth and the sinus. She said it was a tough call and 50/50 that it was either the tooth or a sinus infection.

My jaw this morning aches in a different spot and is not as painful as last night. I am keeping my fingers crossed that I can buy a couple of months time before having the root canal. It is not having it that bothers me so much as needing to have a tooth pulled just because I do not have the funds right at the moment.

Knowing the funds will be in but a day late is depressing.

I was just hoping that heat sensitivity did not always mean you HAD to yank out that tooth.
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Has anyone ever had a tooth that was heat sensitive but recovered?

in reply to a*painted*lady
Hi,
Maybe a visit to an ENT Dr. would be worth it. If you have a sinus infection, he can clear it up better than a dentist. It will be cheaper (and less painful) than getting that tooth yanked! Good luck.
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Has anyone ever had a tooth that was heat sensitive but recovered?

in reply to a*painted*lady
Just wanted you to know there are a coupole of dental credit programs out there, that costs no interest, if you pay it off within the first year, so if you end up needing a root canal, inquire about it. Your dentist should have applications at his/her office, at least mine does....Good Luck, I hope you won't need a root canal, they are expensive and you never know if they will solve the problem for sure. *************************************************************
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Registered: ‎11-28-2003

Has anyone ever had a tooth that was heat sensitive but recovered?

in reply to a*painted*lady
Hello,

Just wanted to let you know that about a two months ago I started having a problem with my lower back molar. It hurt a little bit and was sensitive to anything hot. I went to the dentist and he did an exray and said I need to have a root canal performed but he does not perform root canals on molars so I would have to be referred out. Well, life got busy, and I was also afraid to go, so I kept canceling and rescheduling. Right now it does not hurt at all but there is a lump forming on my gum so I know I must get it done eventually.

Not sure if this helps you or not but I just wanted to let you know that I have procrastinated and I am still fine. Although it may become one of the biggest mistakes I have every made. (HA HA) We will see!

Stacy
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Has anyone ever had a tooth that was heat sensitive but recovered?

in reply to a*painted*lady
Stacy,
try to get that taken care of asap. That lump is an abscess that is there and it can get REALLY painful all of a sudden. This happened to my husband and he was miserable. This will NOT go away on it's own and will likely get worse.... *************************************************************
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from injury to animals."
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Registered: ‎11-17-2005

Has anyone ever had a tooth that was heat sensitive but recovered?

in reply to a*painted*lady
Also, be sure it is you teeth that are the problem. Jaw pain is one of the cardinal signs of a heart attack, and women can go up to a month with weird symptoms (some neverhave chest pain.) before it makes itself known. Extreme tiredness is also a major sign in women. Just want you to be on the safe side.
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Has anyone ever had a tooth that was heat sensitive but recovered?

in reply to a*painted*lady
I am back again. Stacy, PLEASE do to the dentist. The reason your tooth is not hurting is that the nerve has died completely and that lump IS an abcess. Those, as someone else said, can flare up suddenly and you are stuck finding a dentist in just hours.

My situation is one where my dentist could not be sure that the problem was the tooth or the sinus because the x-ray had "things going on" right on the border. And, I never noticed any sensitivity to heat until something was placed right on it. It will react violently and then calm down.

I already knew that outright heat sensitivity was a sure sign of a root canal. I was just hoping that antibiotics could make a difference in buying me more time (I do not have that lump on my gums or any outward sign of infection).

Even the x-ray was minimal for anything looking off. I want to have the root canal and crown done and save the tooth but need to buy time until early Spring because of the funds. I may look into that fund/program mentioned above.

Today, I feel better although my jaw still has areas of discomfort. It appears to be getting better as time goes on.

I had just heard somewhere that in a few situations, you can be heat sensitive for reasons other than root canal work being needed and hoped that someone else had this happen to them.

Stacy, thanks for your response and reassurance but now I am worried about YOU.

And thank you to everyone else who responded.
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Has anyone ever had a tooth that was heat sensitive but recovered?

in reply to a*painted*lady
Hello Everyone,

I just came back to check on you and I saw your message to me. I am now very afraid. I will call the dentist immediately and make an appointment to taken care of it. I did know something was wron,g but I did not feel like dealing with it. Too much going on right now but since you all seem to think I should get it examined right away I will!!

Thank you for your concern. I will keep you posted!

Stacy
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Has anyone ever had a tooth that was heat sensitive but recovered?

in reply to a*painted*lady
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between us--well, we know our stuff.
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Has anyone ever had a tooth that was heat sensitive but recovered?

in reply to a*painted*lady
Stacy:

do not be afraid --that lump is called a "fistula" and it is the reason you don't have any pain. Its like a little drainage hole for the infection.

that said --you do still have to get it taken care of!

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Registered: ‎12-04-2004

Has anyone ever had a tooth that was heat sensitive but recovered?

in reply to a*painted*lady
I had just heard somewhere that in a few situations, you can be heat sensitive for reasons other than root canal work being needed and hoped that someone else had this happen to them.

hmmmmm-this is a tricky one.
The fact that the tooth reacts violently to stimuli is NOT a good sign---Yes, the antibiotics will buy you time.
You can probably rule out a sinus infection as not single teeth are affected but usually multiple ones with a sinus problem-and the ache is usually dull and difuse-not violent.

it is possible you are grinding--hence the lower jaw pain--grinding causes more problems than you would imagine.

My advice? Finish the antibiotics--and just see what happens. It is possible that the grinding can cause severe pain in one tooth. I would do a wait and see thing.

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Registered: ‎02-10-2007

Has anyone ever had a tooth that was heat sensitive but recovered?

in reply to a*painted*lady
I can endorse what others have said about teeth grinding and the feeling that it is one tooth that is hurting. The more you worry about the tooth the more you grind and the tooth hurts more and more. I am actually a tooth clencher - rather than a grinder. I wear a tooth splint at night and it has cured the problem. I also realised I clenched my teeth during the day and made a real effort to stop that. I know of a tooth grinder who had a lot of root canals before her problem was discovered. Also feel your jaw muscles along the side of your face - do they feel tight and a bit tender? Those are signs of being a tooth grinder.
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Has anyone ever had a tooth that was heat sensitive but recovered?

in reply to a*painted*lady
I had a very sensitive tooth. Dentist said I would probably need a root canal, but also said maybe it was due to teeth grinding. I started wearing a night guard, and the pain stopped entirely, and very quickly.

At first I used a cheap football mouthpiece (the drop in boiling water kind). My mouth must be small (wouldn't some people I know laugh to hear me say THAT!), because the regular sized ones were just too big. However, the "youth" sized ones were just perfect for me. I used one of these until I got a custom made hard one from my dentist. The ones that cost $20 and are sold in the dental asile of the drug store are generally no better than the one they sell for $1 in the sporting goods section at Walmart, so you might want to start with the $1 one.

The cheap one will do for a short period, but if this does seem to be your problem, I suggest getting the custom made hard one from your dentist. The hard one really does work differently. It is worth trying the cheap one first, because some people just can't tolerate sleeping with something in their mouth. So try the cheap one and see if it bugs you too much. Personally, neither one bothered me at all.
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Re: Has anyone ever had a tooth that was heat sensitive but recovered?

in reply to a*painted*lady

I hope my reply moves this old thread 'in front' somewhere.... 



This a a very fundamental question that was not answered in the thread, or anywhere else on the internet that I have found.  



I have read that tooth nerves don't recover 'as well' from infection as other nerves.  This was posted on a pro-root canal Dentist's page.  



If the nerve is not dead (obvious as it reacts to the heat), and you clear up the infection and it's source - it just seems common sense to leave it be if possible.  I had a cavity under a filling and suddenly lost half the tooth.  Now the source of infection is removed. 



I have heat sensitivity to the one tooth, am on antibiotics.  My tooth is 'telling me', "just give me a chance to get better." I am looking at an "indirect pulpal cap" (essentially fills the tooth leaving the root.)



IS IT WISHFUL THINKING THAT THE ROOT CAN BE COVERED UP AND GET BETTER?  MUST I WAIT TILL HEAT SENSITIVITY IS GONE?

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Re: Has anyone ever had a tooth that was heat sensitive but recovered?

in reply to a*painted*lady

I might just ad that the one tooth it seems should always have more sensitivity until a cap or crown is on it, because it has less insulation over it. 

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Registered: ‎12-28-2012

Re: Has anyone ever had a tooth that was heat sensitive but recovered?

in reply to a*painted*lady

I have been through this before, and while there are probably many reasons that could have caused the tooth or teeth to be sensitive there is something that works very well to greatly reduce or stop the pain all together.  



Sensitivity is caused in most cases because the holes in your teeth become exposed these holes (called Tubules) are filled with fluid and when the fluid shifts it affects the nerve and causes a twinge of pain or sensitivity.  



My dentist told me to use a product that I could buy online and it would help,  and it is way faster and more effective than toothpaste.



I found it at www.stop-sensitivity.com,  It was a life savor for me.   

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Registered: ‎07-17-2013

Re: Has anyone ever had a tooth that was heat sensitive but recovered?

in reply to summertimedreams

NEVER ONCE have i had a dentist or an ENT NOT do a root canal.. every time i have ever had a sinus infection they have performed a root canal.. I now have had 17 root canals, (3 are second root canals on the same teeth) and they have taken all that money from me and still can't find a dentist that i trust.. NOT ONE TIME when my teeth were heat or cold sensitive did they send me home with an antibiotic.. so sick of dentists.. if you know one that is reputable in the Dallas area, please contact me.

 

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Registered: ‎07-27-2013

Re: Has anyone ever had a tooth that was heat sensitive but recovered?

in reply to bobbyvegas1018

Heat sensitivity means that the pulp tissue is completely inflamed to the point that the nerves in the center of the tooth are super sensitive to something they normally do not feel- heat.  Once this symptom occurs an abscess will follow.  The tooth may begin to feel better once the nerve tissue totally dies but the next step is infection from the bacteria in your mouth.  How quickly this occurs varies from case to case but it will happen.  The absence of symptoms means nothing because the low grade infection may not hurt but your body will begin to dissolve the bone around the tooth.  The more this progresses the harder it is to save the tooth.  It can be done but the success rate falls the more bone is lost around the tooth.  It is always better to treat a tooth before it abscesses.  Always remember that the absence of symptoms or the lack of intensity of symptoms may be meaningless.  Bad things can still he happening.

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