Hi Dr. Katz,
Thank you so much for answering my question! I have no indications of any of those symptoms at all. The only problem is that my tooth hurts when I brush it at the very base of the tooth. I have had two x-rays taken of just the tooth in question and the tooth looks completely healthy just like all the others. There is no indication of a cavity. I have no swelling; however, this is the second dentist that has told me the same thing. Are these dentists trying to get me to have an expensive procedure done simply to spend money? How do I locate an honest specialist who can give me honest professional advice?
Thank you so much. I will definitely see to all your recommendations. I truly appreciate your help in this matter. I did have a horrible experience with one dentist who did not want to answer any of my questions and seemed annoyed at the fact that I wanted evidence for a root canal especially since the tooth seems to be totally fine (no cavity or swelling, just sensitivity). I have not yet had a dentist show me x-ray evidence of the necessity for the procedure; in fact the opposite seems to be the case. Both dentists have said to me "there is no cavity or evidence of problem with your tooth, but because of your sensitivity we think you should have a root canal." Anyways thanks again for your attentive response and good advice. I will definitely seek a third opinion. Have a wonderful rest of your day!
Thank you again so much for your help. I was able to see an endodontics specialist today regarding the need for a root canal. He did a few tests on my teeth that the other two dentists did not do. He told me it was absolutely not necessary to do a root canal as my tooth was perfectly healthy and only needed treatment for sensitivity. Thank you so much for your help; it has been a life saver!!
I have decided to wait for my next cleaning to get any more help with my teeth as I have spent a lot of time recently going to dentists regarding the root canal that I did not need. One of the dentists I saw mentioned that my bite might be a factor in the sensitivity as my bottom teeth could be hitting against the back of my top teeth when I close my jaw. For the last few days I have tried using sensodyne and it has really reduced the sensitivity, so I am hoping it will go away on its own. Thanks again for checking back with me. I really appreciate your help.