While many of us have experienced tooth pain, it seldom becomes fatal. This was not the case in the past, and world history would probably be vastly different if we had 21st-century dental care readily accessible across the ages. Welcome back to Ask the Dentist podcast, where today we ask Dr. Burhenne “what fixes pulpitis”? Tune in to find out what pulpitis is, why the pulp of the tooth is so important, and how it can lead to serious health issues if left untreated. Find out the difference between reversible and irreversible pulpitis (and how a crown can help either situation), and how to manage acute pulpitis. From a basic anatomy lesson on what teeth are made of and how they are formed, to a simple explanation of why tooth pain is something you don’t want to leave unchecked, don’t miss out on this fascinating episode!
Key Points From This Episode:
An introduction to today’s question: what fixes pulpitis?Diving back into dental school, the textbooks Dr. B keptFind out about the anatomy of a tooth, from pulp to dentinWhat the pulp consists of: nerves, blood vessels, lymph nodes, and odontoblastsHow a tooth is formed (dentinogenesis)The role of the pulp in repairing certain types of tooth damageWhat happens to the pulp as you ageThe function of the pulp: sensation, nutrition, infection prevention, and possibly even balance!How pulpitis occurs; how it causes tooth pain and why it can result in tooth deathThe difference between reversible and irreversible pulpitisWhy you should never wait to get tooth pain treatedHow a crown can prevent reversible pulpitis from becoming irreversible pulpitisWhy a crown is worth having even if the issue is irreversible pulpitisHow to manage acute pulpitisDr. B’s idea for a book: how tooth pain has shaped world history
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