|Dr. Alan Wishneff D.D.S.
Restorative Dentistry / Oral Health
September 20, 2016
Pulpitis is a condition that occurs when the pulp of nerve of a tooth becomes inflamed. The inflammation will cause pain and pressure within the tooth. The degree of inflammation can vary from mild to severe. When the pulp becomes inflamed it puts pressure on the pulp chamber. This affects the nerve and connective tissue in the tooth. Sometimes pulpitis can be extreme and cause a phenomenon known as referred pain. This causes pain from the pulpitis to be detected in unrelated areas of the face and mouth. When this pain occurs in other areas it makes it difficult for patients and dentists to pinpoint which tooth is actually causing the pain.
There are many different reasons why pulpitis occurs. The following are a few of the causes for pulpitis.
- Tooth decay has penetrated through the enamel and dentin layers of the tooth.
- Trauma to the teeth caused by forces like grinding, clenching and other tooth injuries.
- Dental procedures performed on a certain tooth can cause thermal irritation.
- Restorations that replace large sections of the natural tooth structure.
- Bacterial infections can invade the pulp chamber.
- A dental abscess can lead to infections.
There are two main types of pulpitis. There is the reversible or irreversible type.
- Reversible Pulpitis – Based on the cause of the inflammation and the extent of the pulp exposure, pulpitis can be reversed when the cause of the inflammation has been removed and the tooth is repaired.
- Irreversible Pulpitis – If the cause of the pulpitis has caused irreversible damage to the nerve, then a root canal may be in need. Once the root canal is done, then the tooth should be restored to normal tooth function. This will also relieve pain from the inflammation of the nerve.
For more information about this topic or any other dental topic, contact Dr.Wishneff at [email protected] or call (561) 488-3111. Dr. Alan Wishneff is a Boca Raton Dentist dedicated to bringing patients state-of-the-art dental care. As a cosmetic, family and restorative dentist, he helps patients enjoy a natural and healthy smile. He is trained in cosmetic dentistry, including porcelain veneers; advanced cosmetic bonding techniques; oral surgery; medical emergency procedures; advanced crown and bridge; advanced TMJ; implant dentistry; endodontics-root canals: utilization of most advanced dental materials. Dr, Wishneff and staff are dedicated to providing great smiles in Boca Raton for more than 30 years. After more than two decades of practicing dentistry in Boca Raton, Dr. Wishneff is more committed than ever to this community.