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Old 05-13-2004, 11:17 AM   #1
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suddenly sensitive to heat 5 years after root canal???

I had a root canal done 5 years ago with no problems whatsoever. The tooth has been great until these last couple days, it has become sensitive to heat. Just kind of a dull ache. I've been looking over some of the other posts, and see that sensitivity to heat after a root canal generally means there may be another canal that was missed... But could it possibly take FIVE YEARS for this to manifest itself? Or what else could be causing my pain? I guess it's probably time to go to the dentist.

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Old 05-13-2004, 08:14 PM   #2
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Re: suddenly sensitive to heat 5 years after root canal???

humm? 5 years is a long time not to have any teeth trouble? maybe the fillings they used when toping off your root-canal came out? any case you need to go visit your dentist to find out why your having trouble with that tooth?
let me know what you find out....I'm schudule for a Root-canal in 2 weeks!!!

Old 05-14-2004, 11:38 AM   #3
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Re: suddenly sensitive to heat 5 years after root canal???

I suggest you go to the dentist soon and have an x-ray done of the root tip so they can check for any possible abscesses. I don't want to scare you or anything, but I had the exact same symptom: sensitivity which turned to pain when eating or drinking anything hot. It was on a molar that had been root canaled a year before.

It turned out that a) a canal had been missed and b) the root had abscessed. Mine ended up flaring up so fast, so I suggest not putting it off. It could turn out to be none of the above, but better safe than sorry.

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