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how dangerous is pulpitis?

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Dr. Lindsey Wolfer
43 years experience Dentistry
Its an inflamation: I wouldnt say "dangerous" when discussing pulpitis. Its an inflamation of the pulp, the area of the tooth where you find the nerve and blood vessels. This condition may be reversible or not depending on the circumstances and treatment. It may lead to root canal treatment or the situation may resolve and the tooth would be ok.
Answered on Oct 3, 2016
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Dr. Bruce Apfelbaum
51 years experience Dentistry
Go to the Dentist: The only thing to add to dr. Lindsey wolfer's answer is to go see a dentist for a remedy.
Answered on Dec 8, 2012
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Dr. Alan Atlas
Dr. Alan Atlas commented
35 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
There are two forms of pulpitis. 1. Reversible - the dental pulp is injured or inflammed from dental decay, cavity preparation or loss of tooth structuire from fracture. The symptoms include enhanced sensitivity to hot or cold but generally it dissipates quickly. 2. Irreversible pulpitis - the next stage of pulpitis where the dental pulp can not heal from the original injury. Symptoms include cold sensitivity that lingers and intensifies over an extended period of time. The pulp is still alive, but the presence of bacteria in the pulp will not allow the pulp to heal and results in necrosis of the pulp tissue. If left untreated, a serious life threatening infection can result. Endodontic treatment is required to eliminate the necrotic pulp.
Dec 8, 2012

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