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Are pulp capping and root canals the same thing? I've read that pulp capping might be a less painful alternative to a root canal. Are they really the same thing, or do they just have a similar result?
They : They are not the same. A pulp cap is just a small, temporary coverage of a root canal exposure. A root canal is the complete cleaning, shaping and sterilizing of the entire root canal system. A pulp cap is only used in very specialized situations. Therefore they do not do the same thing or have similar results. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is pulp capping a good substitute for a root canal? I've been told i need to have a root canal, but am scared to go ahead with it. I've done seem reading, and pulp capping seems like it might be an option. Can i ask my dentist about it, or am i misunderst
Pulp Cap: First, understand what a pulp cap is. The function of a pulp cap is to irritates the nerve just enough that it encourages the tooth to lay down another layer of tooth structure called secondary dentin. This will act as a roof like structure between the nerve tissue and the restoration. If nerve tissue is not vital, a pulp cap will not suffice, root canal treatment will be necessary. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is laser nerve treatment or pulp capping for toothache better alternative than having a root canal? I do not want a root canal!it is a front tooth
Root canal is better: Than pulp capping. Pulp capping will only work if there is a pin point exposure of the nerve and it is still healthy. Tooth ache means the nerve is no longer healthy and root canal treatment (with or without use of a laser) is indicated. See a root canal specialist - endodontist. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
It can: The most important issue facing you is how much and for how long. Depending on the status of the dental pulp before the debridement procedure, it could vary quite a bit. I usually tell people to expect 2 to 3 days of intermittent otc analgesic use but if it does not respond to those meds or lasts longer, they need to be seen and evaluated for additional treatment options. Talk to the dentist. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers