Toothache and Irreversible Pulpitis

Dentist treats toothache all the time.  Some toothache can be easily fixed with a filling or fluoride desensitizer paste.  However, some toothache requires a closer examination and more involved treatment.

A simple toothache is a toothache that does not linger.  However, if the toothache is in response to cold stimulus and it lingers for more than 10 seconds, the pulp within the tooth is said to be degrading or dying.  It is in the process of having irreversible damage to the pulp.  One important criteria for irreversible  pulpitis is lingering painful response to cold stimulus and is an indication for root canal therapy.  The dentist would perform clinical examination by doing percussion, palpation and cold test on the tooth.  If the tooth does not other aggravating conditions such as deep crack or severe decay, the tooth can be saved and the painful symptoms can be treated with the root canal therapy.


Written by Daniel Tee, DDS, MS

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