Why is pulpitis a dental emergency?

Pulpitis is inflammation or infection of the pulp (nerve), which is the center of the tooth. This is different from an abscess. You may experience pain  eating hot, cold, or sweet foods. Many toothaches like this can be fixed with a filling. However, some are irreversible and require root canal treatment, which involves the cleaning out of the pulp contents (blood vessels and nerves), or extraction of the tooth.

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