Endodontic treatments help repair damage to the dental pulp of the tooth. This is a group of soft tissue and nerves within the tooth that keep it alive and healthy. However, when this internal structure is affected by a traumatic injury or extensive tooth decay, it can cause pain, infection and even the eventual death of the tooth. OS Dental recommends quick, immediate treatment in order to relieve symptoms and to prevent the spread of damage. A common endodontic treatment is a root canal, but pulp capping can also help restore the dental pulp.
If our practice recommends pulp capping in Orange, California, it can often be used to replace or avoid a root canal. Depending on the extent of the injury or decay, our dentist may recommend either direct or indirect pulp caps. Both are used to protect the affected area, but they address very different types of issues. Direct caps are used when extensive tooth decay has exposed the inner pulp. In the case of tooth decay, it is most often used on adults. Children may also receive a direct cap if one of their baby teeth has experienced a severe injury. In all other cases, an indirect pulp is most often recommended for children.
If you would like to learn more about this alternative to root canal therapy, phone 714.823.3344 to contact our office.