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What does a tooth feel like if it needs a root canal?

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Old 02-20-2002, 07:38 AM   #1
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Question What does a tooth feel like if it needs a root canal?

I had a white filling placed about 5 months ago. Ever since then, it aches off and on almost every day. It's weird because usually when I think about it is when it starts hurting. It hurts on the gumline sometimes when I drink very cold drinks or when I brush my teeth sometimes the cold water hurts towards the gumline. Also it hurts sometimes when I eat sugar. I am nervous about this tooth and want to know if these are signs of a root canal or just a sensitive tooth. My dentist said there is still a small cavity in it, but the filling itself is very deep. Help!

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Old 02-20-2002, 09:43 AM   #2
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well u explained it.. u need a root canal.. i hate when that happens, when u start thinking about it then it starts hurting!! the brain is a very powerful thing.. i would make an appt for some xrays on that tooth and they will take it from there.. root canals arent that bad. alot of people have stories of it being so painful. my last root canal was a walk in the park.. my dentist is so gentle and he really cares.. just make sure u get lots of novacaine and u will be fine!!!

Old 02-20-2002, 11:23 AM   #3
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I just recently had my first two root canals done. I was very nervous about pain, b/c I have had some bad dental experiences in the past, but I was happily surprised! The only pain I felt was when I was receiving the numbing shot. Don't worry! I have been through alot of dental anxiety lately and found that it only makes things worse- you can put your health at risk by stressing out over it too much- so just relax and know your dentist will take care of you. :-)

Old 03-05-2002, 10:04 AM   #4
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I am beginning to understand a little more about root canals. Sometimes the fact that you need one does not show up on an xray. I would though, suggest you go to a root canal specialist. I have an appt with one in 2 days. I think that can make a difference. My 16 year old son saw one last year and said there was zero pain during the procedures and zero pain during the recovery period. He was so surprised after all he had read. The job performed will only be as good as the person doing it. Why not get a specialist? Your doctor can refer you to one as mine did.

If you don't need a root canal, it could just be that you have some exposed root in places along the gumline. I'm not sure there is much you can do for that. I have that on 2 of my front teeth where the gums have receded. There are tooth pastes for sensitive teeth I believe. Haven't tried it yet though.

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Old 03-06-2002, 12:16 PM   #5
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hi,just over a week ago I got a painful toothache,I went to the dentist fearing the worst,you know tooth out...anyway I had an x-ray,and was put on a course of anti-biotics,the toothache was that bad I couldn't sleep and the painkillers didn't get rid completely.It took 3 day's for the pain to go,then an abscess came,but what worried me was the tooth became loose,anyway the dentist said the tooth needs a root canal doing,so he's started by drilling it way down and let all the badness out,filled the hole with cotton wool with antisceptic and left it for a week.the sweeling has gone but the tooth is still loose,but he reckon's It will be o.k.,and I had the drilling done without a jab.And I would go through It again before having a tooth pulled, so don't worry all the best.

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