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Posted by Crystal on May 18, 2000 at 10:46:40:

In Reply to: Can tooth nerve heal by itself? posted by Shelley on May 11, 2000 at 23:11:34:

: Please help me!
: An endodontist has said that my tooth has "irreversible pulpitis." I'm wondering if it can heal by itself. It is only in the beginning stages (according to him) and so there is no abcess but there is nerve damage. It was hurting alot a few weeks ago but doesn't hurt much now. Tooth is sensitive to cold, sometimes painful pressure.
: He recommends root canal. Since it is hurting less now, isn't it possible my tooth is healing? Can it heal back all the way or will there always be some nerve damage? Is it ok to leave it "as is" since there is not much pain, or am i asking for trouble? Like I said, it doesn't really hurt that much now and I feel fine otherwise.

There is less pain because the decay is destroying your nerve. I had the same thing and I didn't do anything and the pain eventually went away. I also had and abcess!

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