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The interior of your tooth contains the pulp. The pulp is extremely important to the health of your tooth. The pulp contains the blood vessels and the nerves that keep your tooth alive, but the structure of your tooth can survive without it.

If you tooth is damaged by a trauma or from decay, bacteria can work its way to the pulp of the tooth and cause an infection. If left unchecked, that infection can spread to your jaw and create further health problems. If pus starts to build up and swelling sets in, the condition is called an abscess. This is a very unhealthy condition, and is very painful. If the pulp of your tooth is infected, your dentist can remove it and still save the tooth, which can be used to support a crown.

The dentist will access the pulp with a small drill and remove the infected pulp. Then the dentist will rinse the root chamber with an antiseptic to neutralize any bacteria. Following that, she will enlarge the root chamber to make room for a rubbery material called gutta percha which will take the place of the pulp.

After the procedure, the dentist will seal the tooth and schedule an appointment to check on the tooth and to discuss placing a crown. In the meantime, if you develop a fever, swelling, or nausea; or if you experience shaking or vomiting, contact the dentist right away.

If one of your teeth has been giving you problems, don’t wait until you are in severe pain or infection has set in, you should see Dr. Betzy Lara-Perdue as soon as you can. If you live in the The Woodlands, Texas, area, call 936-271-3338 to make an appointment at North Forest Family Dental Care.