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Poor dental hygiene is the main reason for tooth decay, tooth pain, and other oral health conditions. If you don't maintain good oral health habits, including brushing and flossing regularly, plaque can develop and lead to cavities. Left untreated, a cavity can eventually affect the soft center (or pulp) of your tooth, which contains sensitive nerves and delicate blood vessels. And if pulp diseases aren't properly managed, you can lose your teeth.
Symptoms of Pulp Diseases
Depending on the type of pulp disease, symptoms may vary in intensity and can include:
Types of Pulp Diseases
There are several different pulp diseases, including:
Pulp Diseases Treatment: Root Canal Therapy
If damaged pulp in your tooth isn't taken out, a severe infection can spread to surrounding tissue, including your jaw bone. A root canal procedure to remove the pulp tissue is usually performed over several visits by a regular dentist or a pulp specialist, called an endodontist. The root canal therapy may spare you from having to get the infected tooth removed.
Here's what you can expect from root canal therapy:
Some pulp diseases may be caused by an injury that broke a tooth. But many other pulp diseases are simply caused by poor oral health habits. If you brush and floss regularly and seek out regular dental care, you are less likely to develop pulp diseases.