Dental pulp is the soft area at the center of a tooth where the veins, nerves, and connective tissues are located. The dental pulp can become infected or damaged because of:

  • Deep tooth decay
  • Multiple dental procedures on the tooth
  • A large dental filling
  • A chip or crack in the tooth
  • Facial trauma

If you have any of the following symptoms, your dental pulp may be infected or damaged:

  • Severe toothache
  • Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
  • Darkening of a tooth
  • Swelling or pain in the gums
  • A recurring pimple on the gums

If you are experience severe pain, Drs. Vargas, Rueda, and Kang may recommend pulpal debridement in Fairfax, Virginia. Debridement is the first step of root canal treatment. During pulpal debridement, our dentists will remove the dental pulp, which includes the nerve, from your tooth. Our dentists will use root canal files to clean out your tooth. This will alleviate pain before the entire root canal treatment can be completed. A tooth that has had a pulpal debridement performed must be completed with root canal treatment.

Please contact Virginia Dental Group today to learn more and to schedule an appointment.