While the pulp of the tooth cannot be seen, it is one of the most important parts of the human tooth. The pulp is comprised of a network of blood vessels, nerves and tissue. This network provides vital nutrients as well as blood and oxygen to the tooth specially during development. The tooth pulp can easily become damaged due to traumatic injury or disease or decay. Pulp therapy is simply another word for root canal treatment and has the main objective of helping to restore a tooth to full functionality and even save the tooth from being extracted. Dental pulp treatment has many important benefits.
As Swelling and Redness Around the Tooth
There are some clear signs that the pulp of a tooth has become infected or diseased. For example, nighttime pain, a constant chronic pain or increased sensitivity to cold and warm food and liquid temperatures as well as swelling and redness around the tooth all could indicate that the root of the tooth has become diseased or injured. Pulp therapy is particularly important for young children as a way to prevent the need for tooth extraction. Most root canal treatment involves having a general exam that includes x-rays to determine the nature of the problem.
Save The Tooth Rather Than Having to Have It Extracted
Once it is determined that root canal is necessary, your dental care provider will discuss the options and what is involved with the actual treatment. When this type of treatment is required for children, parents are often encouraged to involve the children in the discussion about the treatment. At the end of the day, it really comes down to trying to save the tooth rather than having to have it extracted and then replace it with an artificial tooth. The good news is that modern root canal treatment or pulp treatment enjoys a very high rate of success. Even more exciting is the fact that today’s modern dentistry makes the entire procedure virtually painless.
Dental Pulp Treatment Can Help
In short, any time there is severe tooth decay or trauma and the pulp of the tooth has been affected in a negative way, dental pulp treatment can help. Also note that in most cases following root canal therapy that a crown will typically be placed in order to provide further protection for the tooth. Talking with your dental care provider or pediatric dentist is the first step in determining whether or not dental pulp treatment is right for you or your children. Contact your dentist in Walnut Creek, Dr. Massood Darvishzadeh, DDS at Dental Implant Solutions today to learn more about dental pulp treatment.