Irreversible pulpitis usually results in your tooth being pulled. Fortunately, your family dentist in Brooklyn also offers cosmetic services, so your tooth replacement can be completed in a comfortable, customer service-focused environment. At the same time, your best in class Brooklyn dentist treats reversible pulpitis with the most effective pulpitis treatment possible.
The innermost section of your tooth is called the dental pulp, and it contains the nerve and blood vessels. When bacteria invade, they cause inflammation, pressure and pain. If the pulp becomes infected, the condition is called pulpitis. Untreated, it can spread to the surrounding tissue. In advanced cases, the pain and infection can travel to other parts of your mouth, face or neck.
Pulpitis is classified in two different ways:
- Reversible pulpitis
- Irreversible pulpitis
Reversible pulpitis describes limited inflammation with the hope and chance that pulpitis treatment will lead to pulp restoration. If the circulation has been completely cut off, the pulp dies and infection sets in, leading to irreversible pulpitis. The classification your pulpitis falls under determines the course of pulpitis treatment your Brooklyn dentist recommends.
Causes of Pulpitis
The conditions that can lead to a pulpitis diagnosis include:
- Cavities or tooth decay from bacterial infections that progress deep into your tooth
- A tooth that’s received multiple procedures or restorations
- Trauma to your tooth or mouth that disrupts or compromises the blood and lymphatic supply to the pulp
- Dehydration of your cavity by alcohol or chloroform
- Some amalgam restorations after a gold restoration procedure
- Sweet or sour food that reaches the pulp through a cavity
If left untreated, reversible pulpitis develops into irreversible pulpitis. With irreversible pulpitis, you may develop:
- Infections in your gums and surrounding tissue
- Cellulitis or skin infections
- Sometimes even infections in your jawbone, neck, sinuses, eyes or even your brain
Symptoms of Pulpitis
Symptoms of pulpitis range from mild to severe. At first, your tooth can feel slightly elevated as the inflammation of the pulp and the surrounding infection push the tooth out of the socket. Then, your symptoms depend on whether the pulpitis is reversible or irreversible:
- Reversible pulpitis. You experience pain when the area of the inflamed pulp is stimulated by either extreme temperatures in food or drink or by pressure. The pain ceases within a few moments after you’ve removed the insulting stimulation. The pain is usually short and sharp.
- Irreversible pulpitis. You experience pain from temperatures and pressure, but it may be much less severe. The pain tends to linger, however. It may be a throbbing pain and more widespread. The pain often occurs spontaneously and worsens at night.
Diagnosis and Treatment of Pulpitis
Your Brooklyn family dentist takes a detailed medical history and performs a thorough examination to reach a diagnosis. He may use an electric pulp tester to check if the pulp is still alive. In some cases, x-rays may help him determine a more definitive diagnosis.
Pulpitis treatment depends on the severity of your condition, primarily based on whether your Brooklyn general dentist thinks it’s reversible or irreversible:
- Reversible pulpitis treatment. You may be prescribed certain medications to combat the infection, inflammation and pain. When the infection is under control, your dentist removes the damaged tissue and then fills in the cavity with the appropriate substance, such as bonding material.
- Irreversible pulpitis treatment. If your Brooklyn dentist determines the pulp is dead, your treatment options are limited. The first procedure to try is a root canal and crown. But if this procedure doesn’t work, he may have to extract your tooth. Then you can discuss tooth replacement possibilities, including implants, bridges or other options.
Prevention of Pulpitis
While your Brooklyn cosmetic dentist has options for reversing and treating your pulpitis, the best option is prevention, either before pulpitis occurs or to prevent future pulpitis issues. Preventative steps include:
- Avoiding irritating issues, such as extreme temperatures or sweet and fizzy drinks and foods
- Brushing your teeth thoroughly and carefully three times a day
- Using a toothbrush with medium-grade bristles, replacing it every two months
- Flossing regularly between your teeth to remove potential bacterial concentrations
- Using an anti-plaque mouthwash daily to reduce plaque formation, the breeding ground for bacterial invaders
- Keeping regular dental visits so your Brooklyn dentist can quickly target potential issues before they become advanced, requiring more extensive treatment
Your Brooklyn family dentists Dr. Alex Khabensky, DDS, and Dr. Igor Khabensky, DDS knows and understands the discomfort and symptoms that come from pulpitis. His goal is to treat it as quickly and effectively as possible and to save as much of your natural tooth as possible. Like you, he wants to return your mouth to its optimum dental health. Pulpitis treatment is most effective when you cooperate with your dentist and take steps to make dental care part of your everyday life.
Do you have any questions about the Pulpitis Treatment (irreversible, reversible) in Brooklyn? For more information or to schedule an appointment with the top rated Brooklyn cosmetic dentist Khabensky DDS of Family Cosmetic & Implants Dentistry of Brooklyn? Please contact our dental clinic for consultation with the dentists Alex and Igor Khabensky DDS.