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The tooth pulp is the most essential part of the tooth. The pulp is also referred to as the nerve, is soft and consists of living blood vessels, connective tissue, and large nerves. It branches out and continues down each root through the canals of the tooth and stops at the tip of the tooth. The pulp is responsible for dentin formation. If there is trauma, the pulp forms a secondary dentin to add protection. This is called the reparative dentin. The function of the blood vessels found in the pulp is responsible for providing nourishment. It keeps the blood flowing, keeping the tooth moisturized and nourished to prevent it from becoming brittle. Stimulation of the pulp due to trauma or extreme temperatures may cause pain.

What Causes Inflammation of the Pulp?

Inflammation of the pulp, medically known as pulpitis causes extreme pain. The primary cause of pulpitis is tooth decay. Dental injury can also cause this. If not treated, pulpitis can infect the root of the tooth, this condition is sometimes called an abscess. Seeing the dentist is vital if one suspects that they have pulpitis. Once the infection progresses, it can spread to the sinuses, jaw, or even the brain.

The Two Types of Pulpitis

Pulpitis can either be reversible or irreversible. Irreversible pulpitis happens when the pulp is severely damaged and can no longer be saved. The only option is pulp removal through a root canal treatment. This stops the pulp from decaying further inside the tooth. Once the pulp is removed, the tooth will become non-vital. Reversible pulpitis is when the pulp can still be saved. Once the dentist removes the decayed part and replaces it with a filling, the pain and swelling will go away.

What Happens During and After a Root Canal Treatment?

As mentioned above, root canal treatment is the treatment necessary for irreversible pulpitis. Root canal treatment removes the infected pulp, cleanses the pulp chamber, and takes away the decayed material. It is then sealed to fill the hole created by removing decay. Root canal treatment relieves the pain that comes with the infection. The tooth may feel sensitive following a few days after the procedure. The dentist will then give over-the-counter pain relievers.

Delaying treatment for infected pulp prolongs the pain and will develop into something worse. Here at Liberty Lake Smile Source, we offer Root Canal Treatment in Liberty Lake, WA . Let us help you relieve from pain and restore your healthy smile.

Posted on behalf of Liberty Lake Smile Source

22011 E Country Vista Dr, Building A Suite 201,
Liberty Lake, WA 99019

Phone: (509) 927-9279


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  • Tuesday:7:00am - 6:00pm
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Logan LankfordLogan Lankford
03:30 06 Dec 23
Great location, great people, and all around a great dentist. I recently transferred to their office due to location, and I’m very impressed with everything they have to offer. From the receptionist, to the hygienist, and the dentist are all super friendly and very professional.
Jason AdamsJason Adams
07:13 05 Dec 23
I absolutely love the team at Liberty Lake Smile Source.I've been seeing Dr. Tim Casey for over 5 years and you won't find someone who is more attentive, caring and professional. We only see each other a couple times a year and he always checks in on how my family and I are doing.All of the staff are top-notch and I would 100% recommend this team to anyone who asks.
Kennedy JuchauKennedy Juchau
02:45 02 Dec 23
I have had great experiences every time I go in. They are friendly and thorough every time. They are always very confident in their diagnosis and are always willing to answer any questions I have.
Randy BolingerRandy Bolinger
18:46 01 Dec 23
Always a great visit. Very professional and friendly!
Darius TerryDarius Terry
20:41 23 Nov 23
It's always amazing, front desk is amazing, very good customer service !! And the doctors and all , always are there for me, always there for a patient so with all that being said, you got are indeed my favorite place , and favorite people! I want to say thanks for all your guys help etc..-Darius Terry (:
Kelsea HopkinsKelsea Hopkins
04:30 16 Nov 23
From start to finish, a great experience.Patty had a warm and welcoming smile to get me checked in (and out). I met with Heather (with a little help from Elizabeth) who were fantastic at explaining the whole process and making sure to breakdown jargon and let me know the findings of my cleaning. I got to watch some silly and funny animal tv on the ceiling which had some great ways to make me smile during the visit. They took great X-rays and pictures of my teeth to ensure all aspects of my dental care were considered. Dr. Macall was personable while also professional and informative. Would 10/10 recommend the entire process with this group. Thank you for your great care and even though it’s the dentist office, I look forward to returning.
Paula KrantPaula Krant
01:40 27 Oct 23
Was a great experience. The technician was very pleasant. She was attentive to me and my questions. Gentle and considerate. Dentist was great. Felt he was professional and explained things well. No pressure on what needed to be done or how soon. Office personal were very pleasant and attentive. Explained the treatment plan and insurance coverage and what my costs would be. It was a very pleasant and comfortable visit. I would recommend this office to others.
Barbara ChimentiBarbara Chimenti
01:39 11 Oct 23
The staff was very friendly. Office clean and welcoming. Hygienist was extremely knowledgeable and gentle. Dr Casey explained all scenarios to me and what work was needed first. I liked the efficiency of all his staff and I think it was my best experience with any dentist.
Real Ron SwansonReal Ron Swanson
20:12 28 Sep 23
Recently moved here from Chicago, and a family member recommended Liberty Lake Smile. It took a brief and easy website visit and a follow-up call from them, and I had an appointment right away! I was impressed at how nice and professional the entire staff was, and it was apparent they really did care, and know their business! I was surprised at how thorough my initial visit and assessment actually was. Ann, the Hygienist and Dr. Casey demonstrated their competence, experience and professionalism, and left me with a feeling of confidence that they would provide excellent care! Moreover, they came up with a detailed plan to map out the course of action. I would happily recommend Liberty Lake Smile for your dental needs.