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Old 05-29-2001, 10:00 PM   #1
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I had my wisdom teeth removed April 26th and about 1-2 weeks after the extraction I started experiencing sensitivity to cold on the distal of No. 15. Is this something that occurs as a result of the socket or could it possibly be and endo problem. There doesn't appear to be any decay on the tooth. I had at first thought it was a result of No. 16 resting against No. 15 for so long and me not being able to clean around it properly, but I'm starting to wonder otherwise now. What do you all think?

 
Old 05-30-2001, 01:51 AM   #2
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What you're experiencing is very common. Often after surgery the gum takes a few months to heal and reattach to the tooth completely. Until then there may be a little bit of root exposed. This typically results in sensitivity to cold, touch, and even air. Your sensitivity should decrease with time...
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Old 05-30-2001, 04:42 PM   #3
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Adding a little bit to Ship's reply, your exposed roots can be sensitive because they are porous. If you brush with a toothpaste for sensative teeth that contains potassium nitrate, it fills in the tiny holes in your roots and make your teeth less sensitive. There's also a kind of coating that the dentist apply to the exposed root that seals it. That seems to work pretty good.

After my wisdom teeth were surgically removed, (I think with a chain saw) I had permanently exposed roots. It took awhile, but the discomfort did go away.

 
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