Pulp Friction

Are you experiencing prolonged discomfort and sensitivity to hot and cold? Does this discomfort feel like a dull ache that just won’t go away? What you are experiencing may be more than a cavity. This may be pulpitis. Pulpitis is inflammation of the pulp tissue within the tooth. Pulpitis normally occurs when a large cavity has broken through the 2 outer layers of the tooth (enamel and dentin) and reaches the inner pulp (nerves and blood supply).  This exposes the pulp to bacteria and infection resulting in inflammation and pressure. Often, the pain and pressure can build to the point where the surrounding teeth begin to hurt as well. This is known as referred pain.

There are two type of pulpitis: Reversible and Irreversible. Reversible can be treated by removing the decay and restoring the tooth with a properly sealed filling. Once this is done, it is possible for the tooth to heal itself and get back to normal. Irreversible occurs when the pulp becomes badly damaged by bacteria, in this case, the tooth must be treated with root canal therapy or an extraction.

The good news is that pulpitis is highly preventable. Avoid pulpitis by:

  • Having regular dental checkups to spot problems before they start.
  • Schedule needed fillings as soon as possible. Cavities will only get worse with time.
  • Call us immediately if you experience sensitivity or pain.


Don’t let a minor issue develop into a major pain. If you are experiencing any symptoms, schedule an appointment today to prevent further damage.


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