Pulpitis and its Symptoms| Sunshinedental

You might be ensuring good oral hygiene for your child. Apart from brushing and flossing daily, you might be providing them with a calcium-rich diet. But despite all your efforts, your children may be developing some dental problems. Pulpitis is a general cause of toothache in your children. This term might be unheard of to most of you. We are here to tell you more regarding the treatment procedure of pulpitis.

What is Pulpitis?

Pulpitis, a condition characterized by toothache, takes place due to the inflammation in the pulp of the tooth. The pulp of a tooth, which is a spongy and soft tissue, is located in the inside of the tooth. It has several nerves and blood vessels and carries the responsibility of offering nutrients to the tooth. When the pulp faces a bacterial infection, it causes enormous pain. Since it is surrounded by hard dentin of the teeth which doesn’t let the pressure to diffuse makes the pain get worse.

Pulpitis is of two kinds and the treatment for it is also decided based on the type that your child has. In the reversible pulpitis, when the irritation is removed it gets healed. However, removing the source of irritation doesn’t heal irreversible pulpitis. For irreversible pulpitis, a dentist has to be consulted for proper treatment.

What are the causes of Pulpitis?

There are many causes of pulpitis. However, it is mainly caused by dental caries or tooth trauma.

The major causes of reversible pulpitis are:
  • Cavities
  • Fractured Enamel
  • Dental Drilling procedures like crowns or fillings
  • Root scraping during a dental cleaning procedure
Irreversible pulpitis may be caused due to
  • Decay close to the pulp
  • Increase or decrease in the blood flow to the pulp ( due to trauma or orthodontic treatment )
  • Deep dental cavities which are situated close to the pulp

The cause of pulpitis affects the severity of the condition. If dental caries, fractures, or cracks are the reason behind it, they may result in more severity as the tooth’s root gets affected. It may lead to severe and irreversible cases of pulpitis.

What are the Symptoms of Pulpitis?

  • Continuous tooth pain, which is usually dull or throbbing
  • Prolonged pain or sensitivity of teeth to heat, cold, or sugar
  • Pain in the tooth when touched
  • Presence of Fever
  • Severe tooth pain
  • Sensitivity in the jaw around the tooth usually accompanied by pain
  • Swelling of the jaw or face
  • Tooth abscesses, in severe cases

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