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December 26th, 2012

As the name suggests, pulpitis is the inflammation of the pulp (the mix of nerve tissue, lymph tissue and blood vessels residing in the teeth, below the layers of enamel and dentin). It may occur as a result of dental cavities, trauma or infection. Pulpitis is associated with prolonged throbbing pain.

Pulpitis can be treated and the tooth restored with a dental filling. However, if not treated on time, the pulp becomes irreversibly damaged and you will need root canal treatment to remove it and then restore the tooth with a dental filling or crown.

Note: If not treated for a long time, the pain can stop. This, however, does not mean that you are fine. It means that the pulp has died, but the infection can still spread to surrounding teeth and tissues.

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