Pulp Polyp Follow-up

Updated: Apr 30, 2014
  • Author: Catherine M Flaitz, MS, DDS; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Follow-up

Further Outpatient Care

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  • Periodic dental examinations are recommended to monitor the success of the root canal therapy or to intercept problems associated with the premature loss of a tooth.

  • Orthodontic treatment may be needed to restore the occlusion.

  • If a tooth is extracted, either a dental implant or fixed dental prosthesis (bridge) is a treatment option to restore function and aesthetics.

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Complications

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  • Space discrepancy from crown destruction or premature loss of a tooth may result in a crowded malocclusion, supereruption of an opposing tooth, or the impaction of a succedaneous tooth.

  • Without definitive treatment, some of these long-standing, nonvital teeth may progress to symptomatic disease, including periapical inflammatory disease and (rarely) cellulitis and osteomyelitis of the jaws.

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Prognosis

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  • The prognosis is excellent. No risk for recurrence exists once definitive treatment has been rendered.

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Patient Education

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  • Reinforce the importance of routine oral health care to prevent the development of deep carious lesions that may cause inflammatory pulpal disease and more serious sequelae.

  • For excellent patient education resources, visit eMedicineHealth's Oral Health Center. Also, see eMedicineHealth's patient education article Toothache.

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