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Pulp Fiction – can a tooth function without pulp?

Pulp Fiction – can a tooth function without pulp?

Having a toothache can be one of the worst pains imaginable. And leaving it too long only means the pain can become unbearable. So why does tooth pain occur?

The pulp inside your tooth is the tooth’s alarm system. When something goes wrong, such as decay or trauma, the pulp sends out a warning, which you experience as intense pain.

Dental pulp is made up of nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue that provides the tooth with nutrients for keeping the tooth alive, healthy, and functioning. As soon as the tooth has fully matured, it no longer needs the pulp to survive.

That means a tooth can function without pulp.

The tooth can get nutrients from surrounding tissue. That’s why the pulp can be removed without causing harm to the infected tooth. This is known as root canal treatment.

During treatment, Somerset Dental Care remove the diseased pulp. The pulp chamber and root canals of the tooth are cleaned and filled. Once we have cleaned and sealed your tooth, we recommend to protect your tooth with a crown, keeping your tooth in place long term.

Root canal treatment requires three to four appointments, and sometimes if there are many roots to the tooth, you may be referred to an Endodontist, a specialist in root canal therapy.

If you’ve got a terrible toothache, then don’t leave it too long, call Somerset Dental Care on 1300 707 046 and make an appointment today.