Gum Diseases

What is Pulpititis? Its Causes, Effects, and How It Figures in Your Overall Dental Health

The ache you feel coming from your tooth is troublesome; you have difficulties chewing as your teeth become sensitive to all kinds of food. The pain you feel has the characteristics of pulpititis.

dental healthAs you can probably glean from the name, pulpititis is a dental disease caused by inflammation of the pulp tissue. The pulp has blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue that circulate nutrients and blood into your teeth.

The Causes of Pulpititis and its Effect on Teeth

The most common cause of pulpititis is bacterial infection which is often a secondary problem resulting from caries or tooth decay.

Dental caries penetrate the eroded tooth enamel and dentin to infect the pulp. Trauma may also cause this disease, a result of repeated dental operations.

When inflammation occurs, the pressure starts to accumulate in the pulp cavity, exerting stress on the tooth’s nerves and surrounding tissue; this causes moderate to extreme pain. In other parts of the body, the pressure dissipates because of soft tissues surrounding them, but pulp cavity is unique. Dentin, a hard tissue, surrounds the pulp cavity which does not enable it to dissipate pressure caused by inflammation.

The pressure that pulpititis exerts often leads to confusion where the pain is coming from. Some patients confuse the suspected tooth with another tooth known as referred pain.

Take care of your teeth to prevent this dental problem from happening to you. Erosion of tooth enamel happens when you have a poor diet that lacks vegetable and fruits, and too much sweets, alcohol or smoking.

Warrendale Dental helps patients treat damage to their teeth pulp with a root canal therapy.

Treatment for Pulpititis

Root canal therapy treats damage to the pulp inside a tooth caused by trauma, injury or decay. The treatment preserves the tooth by removing the infected tissue and resealing it from the tip to the crown to prevent further spread of the bacteria.

We at Warrendale Dental provide patients with the latest endodontic techniques and magnification of tiny canals to provide the results you are looking for and a comfortable procedure. Contact us to learn more about what we can do for your dental health.

Plaque, Tartar and the Dangers of Gum Diseases

Practicing good oral hygiene does not just keep your teeth white and your smile radiant. It also prevents you from getting potentially dangerous gum diseases. Most people take brushing and flossing for granted, and things only become serious when they start to feel pain.

Plaque and Tartar

gum diseasesAlthough the two may seem similar, plaque and tartar are actually quite distinct from another. Plaque is a colourless but sticky substance that forms around your gum line and the surface of your teeth. It is made of bacterial residue and can cause cavities from forming, as well as halitosis and gingivitis.

Tartar is quite different; it is usually yellowish in colour and actually made of hardened plaque that builds up over time. It is very harmful to your mouth and may cause bleeding during brushing and more advanced forms of gum diseases, such as periodontitis. In the latter’s case, it causes gum inflammation and even loss of teeth.

Unfortunately, you cannot simply brush or floss tartar away unlike plaque due to its sheer toughness. You may even require surgery if it forms deep within your gum line.

Preventative Measures

The best way to prevent these two from ever forming is through regular brushing and flossing. Also, limit the amount of sugary foods and drinks you consume. Bacteria consume sugars as a form of energy, and eating or drinking too much will cause them to reproduce rapidly and make plaque more difficult to clean.

Finally, it is always a good idea to visit your dentist regularly if you feel that the plaque on your teeth and gums are becoming a serious problem.

At Warrendale Dental Care in Ross-On-Wye, we know that having a clean and healthy mouth is important. You not only maintain the freshness of your breath and the whiteness of your teeth, you avoid getting potentially dangerous gum diseases as well.

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