Pulpitis - what you need to know about it?
Maintaining proper oral hygiene is critical for your dental health. However, regular visits to our dentist at Kavident Dental Clinic are also very important, even for prophylactic purposes.
Sometimes even minor problems that can be fixed with a single visit to the dental office can lead to complications that require prolonged treatment. This is the case with pulpitis.
What causes pulpitis?
Pulpitis is an inflammation of the dental pulp. The most common cause is caries, which is not treated in time. In rare cases, it can also be caused by chronic periodontitis or various injuries. It is most commonly caused by caries that has progressed too deep into the tooth.
When bacteria enter the tooth, they irritate the pulp (the central part of the tooth that contains connective tissue, nerve endings, and blood vessels) and cause an inflammatory response.
Symptoms of pulpitis
Pulpitis is almost always accompanied by severe, throbbing pain. It does not respond well to painkillers, but it is easily induced by irritants such as heat, cold, or sweetness.
The pain becomes even more intolerable at night because more blood rushes into the head when you lie down. The only way to get rid of this unbearable sensation is to continue with treatment.
When the inflammation has progressed to a more advanced stage, the pulpitis can be distinguished by the formation of pus. The condition is then classified as acute and is likely to be accompanied by swelling. Inflammation of the root canals can result in a purulent abscess, cysts, and tissue damage near the diseased tooth.
When pulpitis is left untreated for a long time, it develops into a chronic condition (irreversible). The symptoms are distinct because the pain is duller and mostly caused by suction (air or cigarette smoke). The momentary unpleasant sensation subsides, unlike the bad breath in the mouth. The causative agent also causes further damage to the tooth.
Pulpitis can affect not only adults' permanent teeth, but also children's deciduous teeth. It takes a much shorter time for pulp inflammation to develop in young patients. It is often accompanied by various disorders such as fever and headache.
Acute and chronic forms of pulpitis are seen in children, owing to how quickly it develops. It is incorrect to believe that deciduous teeth do not require treatment; instead, they should be extracted immediately.
A better approach should be frequent visits to our dental specialists at Kavident, who can prevent the appearance of pulpitis and other similar complications children suffer.
How to treat pulpitis
If diagnosed at a very early stage, pulpitis is completely curable and may not even cause serious damage to the tooth. However, in most cases, root canal (endodontic) treatment is required.
At Kavident Dental Clinic, you will find qualified specialists in the field who use the most advanced technologies for fast, successful, and painless treatment.
When the inflammation of the pulp is developed, the tooth is killed, the nerves are extracted, the root canals are filled, and fillings are placed. In some cases, it is also necessary to place a crown to preserve the strength of the tooth.
How to avoid pulpitis
The most important thing to remember is to practice good oral hygiene daily. Caries is prevented by brushing and flossing your teeth.
It is also critical to visit our specialists at Kavident Dental Clinic regularly. When caries are detected early, they can be treated before progressing to pulpitis.