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Have You Ever Heard of Dental Pulp Disease?

Posted on 2/20/2023 by Evan
Have You Ever Heard of Dental Pulp Disease?Tooth pain, decay, and other oral health conditions are mainly caused by poor dental hygiene. Suppose you fail to maintain good oral practices such as brushing your teeth after every meal, flossing regularly, and honoring your appointments with our professionals. You can develop plaque, leading to cavities. When cavities are left untreated, they can affect your tooth's soft center, which is also known as the pulp. The pulp contains several delicate blood vessels and sensitive nerves, and if an infection on it is not well managed, you can lose your teeth.

Types of Pulp Disease

There are two main types of pulp diseases, reversible and irreversible. Reversible pulpitis occurs when the pulp's infection or inflammation is mild, and the tooth is still healthy enough to save. Reversible pulpitis can also happen when you chip a tooth. Irreversible pulpitis occurs when the infection and other symptoms are quite severe, and our professionals cannot save the pulp. Other types of pulp diseases include dental pulp stones or dental pulp calcification, which is a condition that hardens the pulp resulting in extreme pain and hypersensitivity, and dental pulp exposure, which occurs when you damage the external covering of your tooth that protects your pulp from being exposed to food particles and bacteria. Depending on the infection, our professional can either perform a root-canal procedure or extract the tooth.

Symptoms of Pulp Disease

The symptoms of pulp disease or pulpitis may vary depending on the severity of the infection. They include infections in the mouth, swelling, pain on the affected tooth when you eat something cold, hot, or sweet, and sudden extreme pain in your mouth. Severe or irreversible pulpitis can have symptoms such as bad breath, fever, swollen lymph nodes, and a bad taste in the mouth. Contact us for more information on pulp disease.

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