When you think of any type of pulp, a soft, shapeless mass of material comes to mind. In the case of your tooth structure, the “dental pulp” is invisible to the naked eye.
Your tooth pulp is made up of nerves, connective tissue, and blood vessels and is located within the center of each tooth. This soft area (pulp chamber) can be damaged in many ways. It is most common in children, where a traumatic injury or tooth decay leads the pulp to be exposed and inflamed.
At Florida Dental Solutions, we provide pulp therapy, where the primary goal is to treat, restore, and protect the damaged tooth. This treatment is also referred to as pulpectomy, pulpotomy, and tooth nerve treatment.
We can perform on both baby (primary) and permanent teeth. Even though primary teeth shed eventually, they are needed for proper chewing, speech production, and for proper spacing and alignment of permanent teeth.
Pulp therapy helps to preserve these teeth when the dental pulp is infected or damaged due to injury.
What is Tooth Pulp?
The tooth pulp is a mass of living nerve and tissue, located right at the center inside every tooth. The nerves, tissues, and blood vessels which compose the pulp will work together to provide essential nutrients and oxygen to your teeth in order to keep them healthy.
If your tooth has been affected by traumatic injury, cavities or any other oral health problems, your tooth pulp may become painfully exposed and swollen.
This is where we can perform pulp therapy to eliminate the pain and save the tooth from further damage.
How We Determine If the Pulp Is Infected or Injured
If your teeth have been damaged by decay or an injury, you may experience severe pain in the core of your tooth.
Even if the source of the pain is not visible, you will quickly realize that a visit to the dentist is critical. Here are some of the most common signs of an infected or inflamed pulp:
- Unexplained and constant pain
- Redness or swelling around the affected tooth
- Pain at nighttime
- Unexpected looseness in the affected tooth
- Sensitivity to cool and/or warm foods
When Should You Undergo a Pulp Treatment?
This depends on the condition of your tooth and pulp. Our dentist will assess the positioning of the affected tooth, your age, and your overall health before suggesting a solution to save the tooth with pulp therapy or recommend other treatment options or extraction.
At Florida Dental Solutions, we will only recommend pulp therapy when there is no other less invasive option available.
You need to choose an experienced dentist for this procedure because there could be consequences if the pulp therapy or tooth extraction is performed prematurely. These may include:
- In case the pulp therapy is performed prematurely on a primary tooth, the permanent teeth may not have enough space to grow.
- The arch length may shorten.
- The tongue posture may be affected – in a bad way.
- The remaining teeth may move automatically to fill the gap, creating a misshapen jaw.
- The premolars may become painful
- The opposing teeth may emerge in a protruding way.
What Happens During Pulp Therapy?
First of all, our dentist will conduct a visual examination. They will also take X-rays of the affected tooth and the surrounding area. The exact nature of the treatment will depend on the location and amount of pulp damage.
We have several treatments available, but pulpectomy and pulpotomy treatments are most commonly performed on children.
If the tooth decay or trauma was severe, there is a fair chance the entire tooth pulp may have been damaged. In this case, we will have to remove the entire pulp, clean the affected root canals, and then fill the area with a biocompatible substance. This whole procedure will require at least two visits to our office.
In the case of primary teeth, a re-absorbable material is used for the fillings. As the final step, we may place a crown on the tooth to provide its structural support and strength.
Depending on your preference, the crown can be concealed with a natural-color covering.
If the injury or decay has only affected the pulp tip – and not the pulp root – our dentist might decide to leave the healthy part untouched and only remove the damaged pulp (and clean the surrounding tooth decay).
After that, we will use a therapeutic and biocompatible material to fill up the resulting gap. This material also works to soothe the pulp root and prevent any infections after the procedure.
In most cases, we may place a crown on the tooth to strengthen the tooth structure and minimize the risk of fractures after treatment.
Types of Pulp Capping
There are two different kinds of tooth pulp capping – direct and indirect.
Direct Pulp Capping
This treatment is performed when the pulp exposure is minimal or can be pinpointed to a small area. In order to protect the vitality of tooth pulp and avoid the root canal treatment, we may suggest pulp capping procedure.
Indirect Pulp Capping
This is done when the infection has not reached the root yet and the pulp is close to decay. In this procedure, a special type of formula (medication) is applied on the pulp to protect it, followed by a conventional restoration method.
Call Us to Learn More about Pulp Therapy
Do you think quality dental work for you or your children is out of your price range?
Don’t worry! At Florida Dental Solutions, we provide comprehensive, high-quality dental work at affordable prices.
If you want to know more about pulp therapy, don’t hesitate to call us at (954) 362-4102.
One of our helpful staff members will be happy to discuss your concerns and set up an appointment.
Helping you improve your smile and maintain your oral health.
6902 Stirling Road
Davie, Florida 33024
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