Dental caries (pulpitis)

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Background

Clinical Features

  • Reversible Pulpitis
    • Duration of pain is short (seconds)
    • Associated with noxious stimuli (cold or heat)
  • Irreversible Pulpitis
    • Duration of pain is long (hours) and intense
    • Associated with noxious stimuli or may occur spontaneously

Differential Diagnosis

Dentoalveolar Injuries

Odontogenic Infections

Other

Evaluation

Management

  • Root canal or extraction (for irreversible pulpitis)

Disposition

  • Discharge with dental follow-up

See Also

References

Authors

Michael Holtz