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  • <p>Pulp tissue exposure (the situation where a dentist's work comes into contact with the tooth's pulp tissue) may be an anticipated, planned or totally unexpected event.</p><p>It may be unavoidable due to pathologic conditions (like advanced tooth decay), or because the dental procedure being performed requires extensive tooth trimming (like that sometimes needed for dental crown placement).</p>
     

    Pulp tissue exposure (the situation where a dentist's work comes into contact with the tooth's pulp tissue) may be an anticipated, planned or totally unexpected event.

    It may be unavoidable due to pathologic conditions (like advanced tooth decay), or because the dental procedure being performed requires extensive tooth trimming (like that sometimes needed for dental crown placement).

  • <p>Since a dentist never really knows precisely where in a tooth its nerve extends, even with their utmost care, and even during relatively routine procedures, creating one is always a possibility.<p>
     

    Since a dentist never really knows precisely where in a tooth its nerve extends, even with their utmost care, and even during relatively routine procedures, creating one is always a possibility.

  • <p>There is a treatment for nerve exposures. It's called "pulp capping."</p><p>But since it's not always successful, a dentist must make a judgment call as to when it should be tried.</p>
     

    There is a treatment for nerve exposures. It's called "pulp capping."

    But since it's not always successful, a dentist must make a judgment call as to when it should be tried.

  • <p>In cases where the dentist determines that the success of pulp capping is unlikely, they will need to start root canal treatment.</p><p>Not doing so can place the patient at risk for a painful flare-up at some point in the future, or trigger nerve-space changes that may make performing root canal treatment at a later date more difficult.</p>
     

    In cases where the dentist determines that the success of pulp capping is unlikely, they will need to start root canal treatment.

    Not doing so can place the patient at risk for a painful flare-up at some point in the future, or trigger nerve-space changes that may make performing root canal treatment at a later date more difficult.