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Tooth Pulp Pain
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
Pulled very damaged tooth (not permanent) and a soft, tooth shaped pulp remained. Please help needed?
If I understand: You correctly, you pulled one of your own teeth and there is still material there. Please see a dentist to check this out. ...Read more
Reversible pulpitis: When you have a toothache or inflamed pulp that is hurting which can be saved, this is called reversible pulpitis. This can be treated with a pulp cap and filling. If the pulp is inflamed or infected to the point that the pulp can't be saved, this is called irreversible pulpitis and needs a root canal or extraction. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Varies: There is no answer to your question because this is different for each of us. It depends on the chemistry in your mouth; your diet, oral hygiene, saliva, and the nature of your tooth. In some people decay can progress to the pulp in a few months it in some it can take years. But once decay has begun the only way to get rid of it is to remove it and have a filling or other dental treatment ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Usually yes..: But not always.Get a more detailed answer ›
If my tooth doesn't feel any cold on a pulp test, will I have to get a root canal & is it still savable?
Cold is not enough: Not reacting to cold is not enough to conclude that the tooth needs root canal. Testing with an electric pulp tester is more reliable. A tooth can be saved by root canal provided there is good, sound tooth structure remaining and the bone support of the tooth is adequate. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Does pulp/nerve tooth damage show up right away if it was caused by trauma? What is the time frame it would take to know you are in the clear?
Not always immediate: Sometimes it takes a while (years) for the damage to manifest itself. Have the tooth monitored by your dentist since there may not be any outward symptoms. ...Read more
Dental caries: Progress at a rate dependent upon what one eats and how well one keeps their teeth clean. Each tooth has different contours and there are different thicknesses of tooth from the surface of the tooth to the nerve. No one can say how long it will take. I have seen teeth have small cavities for years and others go from nothing to a nerve exposure in 3-6 months. ...Read more
May Be: Ledermix, is an anti inflammatory medication that would be best used at the onset of the symptoms, at this time your endodontist could either introduce ledermix to the tooth or use the traditional way to finish the treatment. Ledermiix may be a good idea but it will take longer to complete the treatment. Right now you should be on antibiotics to contain the infection. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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