Vital Pulp Therapy
Technology has greatly improved over time thanks to increasing knowledge and understanding of medical procedures. This does not solely relate to the body, but the mouth too. Because of this, new ideas and concepts have been created relating to dental health and maintaining strength for longer. One example of such technologies is called Apexification. Apexification, otherwise known as Vital Pulp Therapy, is used to promote and encourage the growth, development, and formation of the root of a tooth. This process allows the natural tooth to continue development, as its foundation will be significantly stronger than it was in the past. If you’ve heard about vital pulp therapy and are interested in learning more about it, or if your dentist has recommended this form of therapy to you and you want to figure out if it is a good move for you and your health, we’ll outline everything you need to know below.
Important Terminology Related to Apexification
Because the topic is relatively new and can be difficult to understand, it may help to define basic terminology associated with the therapy. Doing so can help you understand exactly how the process works, what it entails, and ways it could help you in the future. The first significant word that you’ll need to know is the root of the tooth. The root of a tooth is the long, pointed looking end of the tooth that forms inside the gums and is connected to the jawbone by tissues and ligaments. The root is the part of the tooth that is strengthened with vital pulp therapy. A second important concept is dental pulp. Dental pulp is a substance located within the tooth that is required for constant dental health. The pulp is the innermost layer of the tooth that contains nerve endings, connective tissues, and blood vessels. Once this area is contaminated with bacteria, permanent damage can occur. Vital Pulp Therapy is capable of treating this damage. Now that you are aware of what this therapy is, we’ll go over the process.
Indirect vs Direct Pulp Capping
There are two major forms of vital pulp therapy. They are known as indirect pulp capping and direct pulp capping, and both are used in their own significant circumstances. Both involve the process of pulp capping, which is a restorative process your dentist will partake in to prevent your dental pulp from dying after open exposure. Indirect pulp capping puts a barrier between the deep formed cavity on top of the tooth itself. This is done with a complex method of excavation and flushing with calcium hydroxide to strengthen. Direct pulp capping puts a protective coat on top of the exposed pulp, rather than on top of the tooth enamel. This procedure is complex but can be more effective, yet pain inducing, compared to indirect pulp capping. Regardless of the treatment plan you and your dentist choose, going through with vital pulp therapy can significantly extend the longevity of your tooth.
Benefits of Vital Pulp Therapy
The process of vital pulp therapy should be significantly considered, especially in terms of young adults with tooth decay or damage done to the dental pulp. This process could save you and your mouth from extended pain over time, as well as give your tooth the chance to grow properly and naturally. While the process may take time for noticeable and positive results, soon after treatment your tooth will be healed and ready to use like normal. Vital pulp therapy can change your life, permit you to function fully and allow your mouth to retain its health. The sooner you receive treatment, the faster you can get into the swing of your natural, comfortable life again!
If you or a loved one is in need of vital pulp therapy, contact Precision Endodontics today to arrange a consultation at our Williamsville or West Seneca office. We look forward to serving you.
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