Relieving Dental Pain: How Pulp Extirpation Can Help

Pulp extirpation, also known as a pulpectomy, is a procedure that involves removing the pulp tissue from inside a tooth. This procedure is typically performed when the pulp has become infected or inflamed and is necessary to prevent further damage to the tooth and surrounding tissues.

What is Pulp Extirpation?

The pulp of a tooth is a soft tissue located in the center of the tooth that contains nerves and blood vessels. When the pulp becomes infected or inflamed, it can cause significant pain and can even lead to the loss of the tooth.

Pulp extirpation is a dental procedure that involves the complete removal of the pulp from inside the tooth. This procedure is typically performed in cases where the pulp has become severely infected, and the infection has spread to the roots of the tooth.

Severe tooth pain and sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures are symptoms of infected tooth pulp.

Reasons for Pulp Extirpation

Pulp extirpation may be necessary for a variety of reasons, including:

If left untreated, an infected pulp can lead to the development of an abscess, a pocket of pus that forms at the root of the tooth. Abscesses can be extremely painful and can cause further damage to the surrounding tissues.

What are the symptoms of infected pulp?

The symptoms of an infected pulp can vary, but they typically include:

  • Severe tooth pain
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
  • Swelling or tenderness around the affected tooth
  • A foul taste or odor in the mouth
  • Discoloration of the tooth
  • Pus or drainage from the gum near the affected tooth
  • Pain when biting or chewing
  • General discomfort

Benefits of having pulp extirpation

The main benefits of pulp extirpation include:

Relieving pain

Pulp extirpation is typically performed to alleviate severe tooth pain caused by an infected or inflamed pulp.

Preventing further damage

When left untreated, an infected pulp can spread to the roots of the tooth and cause damage to the surrounding tissues. Pulp extirpation can prevent this from happening and save the affected tooth.

Preserving the tooth

Pulp extirpation can help save a tooth that might otherwise need to be extracted, preserving the natural teeth and preventing the need for more extensive and costly dental work.

Restoring function

After the procedure, the tooth can be restored with a crown or filling, restoring its function and allowing the patient to chew and speak normally.

Improving overall health

An infected tooth can cause other health issues, such as gum disease and even heart disease. By removing the infected pulp, pulp extirpation can improve overall health and prevent further complications.

Am I a good candidate for treatment?

Whether or not you are a good candidate for pulp extirpation treatment will depend on a variety of factors, including the extent of the infection or damage to the tooth, your overall oral health, and any underlying medical conditions you may have.

A thorough examination will be conducted and X-rays or other diagnostic tests may be carried out to determine the best course of action. In general, pulp extirpation is typically recommended when the pulp is infected or inflamed to the point where it cannot be saved through other means, such as root canal treatment.

If you’re suffering from severe tooth pain and are in need of emergency dental work, you can contact The Dentist at 70 Pitt St for fast and effective treatment.

How is treatment carried out at The Dentist at 70 Pitt St?

Pulp extirpation is typically performed under local anesthesia to minimise pain and discomfort. The procedure involves the following steps:
  • A small hole is made in the top of the tooth to access the pulp chamber
  • The pulp is then removed from inside the tooth using special tools
  • The root canals are then cleaned and shaped to prepare them for filling
  • Once the canals are cleaned and shaped, they are filled and sealed to prevent future infection
After the procedure, the tooth will be capped with a crown or filling to protect it and restore its function.

How much does pulp extirpation treatment in Sydney cost?

The cost of pulp extirpation treatment in Sydney will vary depending on the extent of treatment required. In order to determine how much treatment will cost you, we recommend booking an initial consultation with us where we’ll be able to give you a more accurate cost after examining your teeth.

Why choose us for your pulp extirpation treatment in Sydney CBD?

At The Dentist at 70 Pitt Street, we pride ourselves on being both a friendly and affordable dental clinic. We believe there are lots of reasons you should choose to have your treatment with us, but we’ve narrowed it down for you:

  • We offer numbing gel when you get your teeth cleaned
  • We send you a calendar invite so your appointments are in your Work Diary (as well as a reminder the day before)
  • You can choose the flavour of polish and fluoride, not everyone loves mint
  • You can listen to your podcast or tunes when you’re having treatment
  • We have appointments before 9 am and after 5 pm as well as on Saturdays to suit you
  • We’re one of the only dental practices in Sydney with a full-time in-house dental hygienist dedicated to the prevention of tooth and gum disease
  • We aim to be the greenest dentist in Sydney and we have a strong sense of community
  • We have a range of payment options including HICAPS & payment plans
  • You get to take home a new soft toothbrush, floss, and toothpaste at each of your preventative visits

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Below you can find our FAQs about pulp extirpation. Contact us for more information about the procedure, or use the online form above to book an appointment.

The pulp is a soft tissue located in the center of a tooth that contains nerves and blood vessels. It keeps the tooth alive by supplying blood and nutrients to the tooth and is responsible for transmitting sensations like pain, pressure, and temperature. The pulp also helps the tooth to fight bacteria as it contains small lymph vessels that carry white blood cells.
The pulp can become infected due to a variety of factors, including severe tooth decay, trauma to the tooth, gum disease, and cracks or fractures in the tooth.
Pulp extirpation is not typically considered a dental emergency, as it is a planned dental procedure that can be scheduled in advance. However, there are some situations where pulp extirpation may need to be performed on an emergency basis. If a patient is experiencing severe tooth pain or has a large abscess, pulp extirpation may be necessary to alleviate the pain and prevent the spread of infection.
Pulp extirpation may not be suitable in cases where the tooth has extensive damage, advanced gum disease, large abscesses, limited access, or the patient's overall health makes them unsuitable for invasive dental procedures.

Yes, root canal treatment begins with pulp extirpation and is a critical part of the procedure. Root canal treatment involves removing the infected or inflamed pulp from the tooth, cleaning and shaping the root canals and sealing them with a temporary filling to prevent future infection.

After pulp extirpation, the tooth may be restored with a crown or filling to protect and restore its function. Patients may experience some swelling and discomfort following the procedure, but this can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers.
Pulp extirpation is typically performed under local anesthesia, so patients should not feel any pain during the procedure. However, some discomfort and swelling may occur after the procedure.
A tooth can survive without the pulp, but it will be more prone to breaking and may eventually become discoloured. Pulpless teeth also tend to be more brittle and may require a crown or filling to restore their strength and function.

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