Brought to you by Discount Dental Service®
Effective Immediately -
Save 15% with Annual Memberships!
You know that cavities are detrimental to your oral health. But are you aware of the extent? A deep cavity left untreated can sustain damage all the way through the tooth and into the pulp -
Types of Pulp Damage
Reversible pulpitis is a mild inflammation, but could lead to an abscess (pocket of pus and bacteria). If you're experiencing sudden pain when eating or drinking a particularly hot, cold, or sweet item, consider the possibility of this mild pulp damage and act accordingly. Your dentist may be able to stave off poor effects by identifying a cavity and filling the tooth.
Irreversible pulpitis is much more severe and cannot be thoroughly remedied, but can be treated well with root canal therapy. Here, the dentist will enter the tooth root and clean it thoroughly. Ultimately, the tooth may need to be extracted, but avoiding treatment of irreversible pulpitis can lead to serious problems with gum tissue.
Calcification, or stones Here, the pulp tissue calcifies, or hardens, leading to extreme sensitivity and pain as the tooth's nerves are compressed. Again, your dentist will likely seek to treat this with root canal therapy to clear the calcified pulp tissue.
Dental pulp exposure If a tooth is damaged or broken -
How can root canal therapy help?
To avoid a spreading infection, root canal therapy can help tremendously. Your dentist will enter the tooth and remove the problematic pulp tissue, rather than the tooth itself. This is often performed over several visits with your dentist or endodontist, culminating with a crown to serve as the tooth's new covering.
While some pulp issue are caused by sudden injury, many come from poor oral care. Those who do not brush and floss regularly -