Acute dental pain II: pulpal and peripical pain

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Acute dental pain most often occurs in relation to inflammatory conditions in the dental pulp or in the periradicular tissues surrounding a tooth, but it is not always easy to reach a diagnose and determine what treatment to perform. The
anamnesis and the clinical examination provide valuable information, and a systematic approach is necessary. This paper will focus on diagnosis and treatment of pulpitis, pulp necrosis and apical periodontitis, periodontal abscess and endodontic-periodontal lesions, pericoronitis and post-operative problems.
When the patient seeks the dentist suffering from acute dental pain, they expect that the dentist starts treatment at once and that the treatment should provide pain relief. In this situation many patients are fragile, anxious and nervous. If the dentist is able to manage emergency treatment of acute dental pain this
will build confidence and trust between patient and dentist. However, often the dentist does not have sufficient time to carry out more timeconsuming
procedures. This paper provides a guide for rational emergency treatments. It
describes how or whether the entire treatment or a less time-consuming pain relieving procedure should be carried out. The administration of local anaesthesia, the role of antibiotics and analgesics is discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Article number111
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)120-127
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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