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Indirect pulp cap Woodstock

At Dr. Ed Hoben Dentistry in Woodstock, ON, we prioritize your dental health and offer advanced techniques like indirect pulp capping to safeguard your teeth and prevent pulp-related issues. Indirect pulp capping is a valuable procedure used during dental restorations to protect the dental pulp from necrosis when it's exposed or nearly exposed due to cavity preparation.

Understanding Indirect Pulp Capping

When dental caries are removed from a tooth, the infected and softened enamel and dentin are also removed. This process can lead to the dental pulp being exposed or nearly exposed, causing inflammation known as pulpitis. If left untreated, pulpitis can progress to pulp necrosis, resulting in pain and the need for root canal treatment or tooth extraction.

To prevent these issues and preserve your tooth's vitality, Dr. Ed Hoben employs the indirect pulp capping technique. During this procedure, a small amount of a sedative dressing, often calcium hydroxide or MTA, is placed near the pulp. These materials shield the pulp from harmful agents like heat, cold, and bacteria while encouraging the cell-rich zone of the pulp to create a reparative dentin bridge.

The formation of dentin typically begins within 30 days of the pulp capping and is mostly completed within 130 days. This process helps maintain the health of your tooth and prevents the need for more invasive treatments.

Direct vs. Indirect Pulp Capping

There are two primary types of pulp capping procedures:

  • Direct Pulp Capping: In this approach, the protective dressing is placed directly over an exposed pulp.
  • Indirect Pulp Capping: This technique is used when a thin layer of softened dentin, which, if removed, would expose the pulp, is left in place. The protective dressing is then applied over this layer.

Direct pulp capping is a one-stage procedure, while indirect pulp capping is typically part of a two-stage process over about six months. The choice between these methods depends on the specific condition of your tooth and the best approach for preserving its health.

Trust Your Dental Health to Dr. Ed Hoben in Woodstock

At Dr. Ed Hoben Dentistry, your dental well-being is our top priority. Our skilled team, led by Dr. Ed Hoben, is dedicated to providing you with the highest level of care and using advanced techniques like indirect pulp capping to ensure your smile remains healthy and vibrant.

Take the first step in preserving your dental health. Contact Dr. Ed Hoben Dentistry at (519) 539-4868 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Ed Hoben. Our practice is conveniently located at 35 Wellington St. North in Woodstock, ON, and we look forward to helping you maintain a beautiful and healthy smile.

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