Why hot drinks can cause painful sensations in some people's teeth
The downsides of hot drinks.
This week: They can cause problems with an old filling
IF A hot drink comes into contact with a deep, old filling that's close to a nerve, it could cause acute pain and inflammation of dental pulp (the soft area in the centre of the tooth).
This is a condition known as pulpitis, says dentist Dr Charles Ferber, and it can be treated by replacing the old filling.
"But if the problem is extensive – for example, with the pain waking you at night – you may need an X-ray and root canal treatment, where the nerve is removed and the canals of the root are sealed, to avoid the spread of infection and save the tooth.
"If you have problems with your teeth [ie have sensitive teeth], it's worth being careful with very hot liquid."
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