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Hot tooth

Hot tooth does not mean a tooth of excessive attractiveness or a tooth with exothermic reaction.

It normally refers to a pulp that has been diagnosed with irreversible pulpitis (Symptomatic Irreversible Pulpitis) with spontaneous, moderate-to severe pain.  Significance of Hot Tooth is that it is difficult to anesthetize, creating an emotional appeal of root canal procedure being a painful and frightful experience.

For instance, the inferior alveolar nerve (IAN) block is associated with a lapse rate of 15% in patients with normal tissue, whereas IAN fails 44-81% of the time in patients with irreversible pulpitis.

A typical example of hot tooth is a patient sitting in the waiting room, sipping on a large glass of ice water to help control the pain.

Causes for Anesthetic failure in Patients with a Hot Tooth

Management of Hot Tooth

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