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What is the definition or description of: pulpitis?

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Dr. Dominick Curalli
Dentistry 21 years experience
Inflammation of pulp: The pulp is in the center of every tooth and consists of nerves and blood vessels. Pulpitis occurs when there is inflammation in the pulp resulting from bacteria or trauma. It may be reversible and go away, or irreversible which means the pulp tissues will eventually die and become infected. If you are unsure if you have pulpitis see your dentist to help sort it out!
Dr. Marielaina Perrone
Cosmetic Dentistry 27 years experience
Pulpitis is...: A condition in which the pulp (nerve) of the tooth becomes inflamed, causing pain and pressure in the tooth. There are varying degrees of pulpitis, from mild to severe. When the pulp becomes inflamed, pressure in the pulp chamber affects the nerve and connective tissue in the tooth. Extreme cases of pulpitis may result in a phenomenon called referred pain, causing pain from the pulpit.
Dr. James Beck
Dentistry 12 years experience
Irritation of pulp: Pulpitis is irritation to the pulp or inner-most, living part of the tooth which contains nerves and blood vessels. It is caused by deep decay, chronic injury to the tooth such as multiple fillings or physical trauma, excessive heat, and exposure of the pulp to the outside environment. Mild pulpitis might go away on its own. Pulpitis can progress to irreversible pulpitis which require root canal.
Dr. John Comisi
Dentistry 39 years experience
Inflamed nerve: A condition in which the pulp (nerve) of the tooth becomes inflamed, causing pain and pressure in the tooth. There are varying degrees of pulpitis, from mild to severe. The pressure in the pulp chamber affects the nerve and connective tissue in the tooth. Extreme cases of pulpitis may result in a phenomenon called referred pain, causing pain to be detected in unrelated areas of the mouth.
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 51 years experience
See below: The pulp is the dental term for the nerve that resides inside of our teeth. It is in the center of the tooth and root, kind of like the wick in a candle. It can become inflammed (and painful) for various reasons...Tooth decay, cracks in teeth, gum disease, etc. When it becomes inflammed, it is called 'pulpitis' ( a tooth ache). It can lead to a dental abscess. Seek an exam by a dentist.

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