Pulp Removal


Pulp removal is a procedure used to clean out the cavity in the root of a tooth and fill it with a protective substance to prevent further decay.

What is it?

A bacterial infection within the cavity causes an infection, leading to the removal of the tooth pulp.  If the pulp remains infected, it can cause further damage to the tooth and eventually require the need for a root canal.

What should I do to prepare?

There are no special preparations required for this procedure. It is recommended to practice and maintain healthy oral hygiene habits.

What happens during the process?

This procedure is conducted during a root canal, but the following description includes only the process of removing the pulp. A local anesthetic is initially applied near the tooth of interest. A rubber dam is then placed around the tooth to keep it dry from saliva. A hole is drilled into the tooth, and the pulp (bacteria and debris as well) is removed using root canal files. The debris is then flushed out using water or sodium hypochlorite. The cavity is then restored using a sealer paste, a crown, or any combination of restoration techniques to protect the teeth.

What are the risks and potential complications?

The risks and complications associated with pulp removal typically include infections.  These infections can occur due to an ineffective restoration or a breakdown of the sealing material that allowed bacteria to enter the teeth and infect the area once again.


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