Do you have a tooth that’s been hurting for a while? Are you experiencing sensitivity to hot or cold foods? If so, then it’s possible that you’re suffering from pulpitis. Pulpitis is an inflammation of the dental pulp, and can be very painful. In this blog post, we will discuss the top treatments for pulpitis. We’ll define pulpitis, explain how it occurs and its symptoms, and discuss the importance of treating it. Then we’ll compare two common treatments: root canal therapy and dental implants. We’ll explain how each treatment works and when one option may be more beneficial than the other.
What is Pulpitis?
Pulpitis is an infection that affects the pulp of your teeth. The pulp is the soft tissue inside your tooth that contains blood vessels and nerves. When the pulp becomes inflamed, it can be very painful. Pulpitis can also cause other symptoms including:
- Sensitivity to hot or cold foods
- Prolonged tooth sensitivity
- Swelling around the tooth
- Gum tenderness
- Discoloration of a single tooth
- Discharge around the gums
- A bad taste or smell
Pulpitis can be caused by a number of things including:
- Decay: When decay penetrates the enamel and reaches the pulp, it can cause inflammation.
- Trauma: A blow to the tooth can damage the pulp.
- Gum disease: Gum disease is an infection of the gums that can spread to the pulp.
- Faulty/old dental work: If a dental filling or crown is not done properly or if it is worn down, it can irritate the pulp.
If you think you may be suffering from pulpitis, it’s important to see a dentist right away. If left untreated, pulpitis can lead to an abscessed tooth. An abscess is a pocket of pus that forms around the tooth when the infection spreads. Abscesses can be very painful and if not treated, they can cause serious health problems.
Treatments for Pulpitis
When it comes to treating pulpitis, both treatment options work to physically remove the infected tissue, as this is the only way to prevent the infection from spreading. There are two common treatments for pulpitis: root canal therapy and dental implants. Root canal therapy removes the infected pulp tissue while preserving the natural tooth, whereas dental implants remove and replace the entire infected tooth. Here is a little more about each treatment:
Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy is a treatment to save a tooth that is badly infected or damaged. The procedure involves removing the diseased pulp from the tooth, cleaning the inside of the tooth, and then sealing it. Once the inflammation heals, a dental crown is then placed over the tooth to protect it from future damage or decay. Root canals are usually successful and can help you keep your natural tooth. However, in some cases the infection can come back and you may need to have the procedure repeated.
Dental implants are an option if you have lost a tooth due to an infection or if you choose to have the infected tooth extracted. The implant is a metal post that is placed into your jawbone. Once the implant has healed and fused with the surrounding bone, an artificial tooth (crown) is placed on top. Dental implants look and feel like natural teeth and can last a lifetime with proper care. Although they are used as tooth replacement options, they are the best tooth replacement option on the market and offer a number of benefits.
Which Treatment is Right for Me?
The best treatment for you will depend on the severity of your pulpitis. If the pulp is only mildly infected, root canal therapy may be all that is needed. However, if the pulp is severely infected or you have lost a tooth due to an infection, dental implants may be the best option. In some cases, root canal therapy can also fail and a tooth extraction may be necessary. If you’re not sure which treatment is right for you, talk to your dentist. They will be able to assess your individual situation and recommend the best treatment for you.
In this blog post, we’ve discussed the top treatments for pulpitis. We’ve defined pulpitis, explained how it occurs and its symptoms, and discussed the importance of treating it. Then we compared two common treatments: root canal therapy and dental implants. We explained how each treatment works and when one option may be more beneficial than the other. If you think you may be suffering from pulpitis, see a dentist right away. With early treatment, you can avoid serious health problems and unnecessary tooth pain.
Dr. Alina Huang has been practicing dentistry in Manhattan for the last eight years. She was born in New York City, and raised in California where she received her Bachelor’s degree at UCLA, and her D.D.S. at the University of the Pacific in San Francisco. She then made her return to NYC where she completed her General Practice Residency at Montefiore Medical Center and has been working in private practice ever since. She continues her learning by attending courses to stay current with the latest advancements in dentistry and refine her skills.