Pulpitis: Reversible pulpitis vs Irreversible pulpitis
“What procedure is done to fix reversible pulpitis”
Causes of Tooth Pain
Whether it’s on and off, lingering or thumping, tooth pain is really uncomfortable and sometimes makes it hard to do anything else while the pain persists. Tooth pain causes are outlined in the article. Brushing at least twice a day and flossing daily, along with regular dental visits, are sure ways to prevent tooth decay (cavities). The modified bass technique is an effective brushing technique.
What is Pulpitis?
Pulpitis is an inflammation of the dental pulp. It’s primarily caused by bacteria that enter the pulp. The bacterial infection itself begins with tooth decay. Pulpitis may also be caused by any other type of injury to the pulp. Symptoms of pulpitis range from very mild to very severe. There are two types, and the pulpal diagnosis of each differs based of factors explained below.
What is Reversible Pulpitis?
This means that the tooth inflammation can be reversed, and the tooth symptoms relieved. The tooth therefore has a chance to heal and recover. The inflammation is usually secondary to decay, but may also be due to pulpal injury. Reversible pulpitis symptoms include:
- Tooth discomfort from contact with anything cold or another stimulus.
- Tooth symptoms that are relieved when cold or other stimulus is removed.
- Symptoms that gradually get better.
- Usually the discomfort experienced can be relieved by over the counter pain medications.
Treatment for Reversible Pulpitis
If a tooth has caries (tooth decay) and symptoms of reversible pulpitis, a dentist will remove the decay and replace the lost tooth structure with a dental filling. This reversible pulpitis treatment is usually sufficient to reverse the process. The symptoms normally improve over time, gradually disappearing.
What is Irreversible Pulpitis?
When the pulp tissue (nerve of the tooth) is damaged beyond recovery, this is known as irreversible pulpitis. The pulp will eventually die, and if the tooth isn’t treated soon enough, a tooth abscess (tooth infection) may occur.
A tooth vitality test is often done to confirm a diagnosis of irreversible pulpitis. The usual treatment of irreversible pulpitis is a root canal therapy. This is necessary in order to save the tooth. Irreversible pulpitis symptoms include:
- Spontaneous pain (pain that arises without any provocation). Tooth pain that wakes you up in the middle of the night is usually a sure sign of irreversible pulpitis.
- If the pain is brought on by a stimulus, it usually lingers even after the stimulus is removed.
- The symptoms generally get worse.
- Root canal treatment is usually necessary to treat the problem.
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