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Pulpitis

Pulpitis

What is pulpitis?

Pulpitis – is an inflammation of sensitive soft tissues inside the tooth (pulp), which develops as a result of neglected damages caused by caries, or as an independent process, for instance, after a tooth trauma. Primary teeth pulpitis can be acute or chronic.

Should primary teeth be treated? 

Some parents decide not to worry about caries inflicted damages on primary teeth, as soon these teeth will be replaced by permanent ones. However, this approach may become destructive to the health of permanent teeth. Their rudiments are right underneath the primary teeth and infection can easily pass on inside the jaw and cause serious damage. Thereby, even before permanent teeth are fully grown, they will already be unhealthy.

Why do children have pulpitis in their primary teeth?

Before the age of 12, teeth enamel is not yet fully formed, and caries appears and spreads rapidly. Neglected damaging caused by caries in 90% cases leads to pulpitis. After the solid dental enamel disruption, malignant bacteria penetrate the pulp – the soft tissue, where neural and blood-vascular systems are located. With the lack of proper treatment, pulpitis may lead to a complication – periodontitis.

How does primary teeth pulpitis manifest?

Usually, the disease progresses without any symptoms, until it reaches its acute stage. In this case, child experiences throbbing dental pain. In the evening or during the night, pain increases from cold or warm beverages or food; in case of pus formation in the tissues, pain may be caused by hot substances. Pain also may be experienced when pressing the jaws together or biting off pieces of food. Child might have soft tissue swelling and enlargement of lymphatic glands.

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