If you don't take good care of your teeth and gums by brushing with fluoride and flossing regularly, it can lead to pulpitis, or pulp disease. Pulp disease can take one of various forms, but it generally is defined by an inflammation or infection of the dental pulp. If a cavity is left untreated, the pulp, or a tooth's soft center, will be affected. This center contains both blood vessels and nerves. The following information further defines how this disease progresses.
What are the Symptoms of Dental Pulp Disease?
Depending on the severity and type of pulp disease, symptoms may differ, but often include a sudden and sharp pain in the mouth, pain in the teeth when you eat a cold, hot, or sweet food, or mouth infection. If you leave pulpitis untreated, it only worsens over time. That is why you need to brush and floss daily to ensure that pulpitis does not become progressive.
What are the Types of Pulp Disease?
Pulp disease can be defined by a mild inflammation of the dental pulp, known as reversible pulpitis. This type of pulp disease displays itself as pain when eating or drinking a sweet, hot, or cold food. When it is left untreated, the inflammation can cause a dental abscess, or an accumulation of pus and bacteria. By performing good dental health habits, you can offset the disease. This type of pulpitis may also occur when a tooth becomes cracked. Irreversible pulpitis represents a severe inflammation of the pulp that cannot be cured. It is defined by intense pain. If a root canal does not work, the tooth is removed. The pulp may also become calcified, which leads to extreme pain and sensitivity. In this case the nerves in the pulp become compressed.
As you can see, you cannot wait for the pain to go away and pulpitis to resolve itself. If you have pulpitis, you need to be proactive. Contact our office if you experience this kind of pain. We will help you get back on track with regular and conscientious dental care. Call us for an appointment today.