Pulp Capping

Pulp Capping

Our team may recommend pulp capping if the root pulp of your tooth has become infected. As an alternative to a traditional root canal, pulp capping seals off healthy root pulp to help heal damaged root tissue. Call David Shepherd D.M.D. today at 205-987-4055 for more information about pulp capping in Birmingham AL, and to schedule a consultation with our dentist.

Your dental pulp is incredibly important to your oral health. The pulp contains the nerves and blood vessels that keep your tooth alive and allow it to function properly. When your tooth is injured or decayed, the dental pulp can become exposed to harmful bacteria, causing it to become infected and die. If your tooth and dental pulp have sustained damage, our dentist may recommend resolving the problem and restoring your oral health with pulp capping.

Pulp capping is an endodontic treatment and is often recommended as an alternative to root canal therapy. This treatment works to protect the tooth by cutting the bacteria in your mouth off from your dental pulp and preserving your tooth tissues.

There are two main types of pulp caps:

  • Direct Pulp Caps — Direct caps are recommended when decay or trauma has exposed the pulp and involve using a special material to seal the pulp chamber and prevent any further damage from occurring.
  • Indirect Pulp Caps — Indirect caps are usually recommended when our dentist and team come close to exposing the dental pulp while removing tooth decay. An indirect cap will form a seal over the tooth to prevent pulp exposure from occurring and help protect the tooth from sustaining any further damage.

If you have any questions about pulp capping or if you want to schedule an appointment with our experienced dentist, please contact our office today.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are dental implants safe?

Yes, dental implants are absolutely safe. They’re made from biocompatible materials to integrate naturally with your body and promote your health. The implant procedure is highly successful and complications are rare.

When you lose a tooth, your jawbone eventually weakens and leads to a myriad of issues. These include a weakened bite, increased risk for oral diseases, and decreased self-confidence, as you may begin to look older.

Dental implants are the only tooth replacement solution that can restore jawbone strength and help you look youthful.

Do composite fillings have mercury?

No, composite fillings don’t have mercury in them. Unlike amalgam fillings, composite fillings don’t contain any metal because they’re created from a mixture of safe dental material and glass or ceramic.

The safety of our patients is a priority for us here at our office. That’s why we use materials that are less likely to cause harm to you and can improve your life with their natural, beautiful appearance.

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