Pulp Polyps, The Flesh Grows in The Tooth Cavity That Hurts And Often Bleeds

Does your mouth often bleed when you brush your teeth, eat and drink something, or even suddenly bleed for no reason? Do you have cavities? And there is a kind of gum growing between your teeth that hurts if you touch it? If so, you must already know where the blood that often appears comes from.

The pink patches that appear between your cavities are actually growing flesh called pulp polyps. This condition is also known as chronic hyperplastic pulpitis or plorifetive pulpitis. The growth of these pulp polyps is a protective response from the immune system against inflammation.

Pulp polyps appear more frequently in young adults. Because most of these cases rarely show symptoms, patients who do not regularly check their teeth will be sure to be late knowing if a pulp polyp has grown. So, your teeth have actually been inflamed and infected for a long time to the pulp, but your body's immune response is trying to protect, also because of the abundant blood supply, the pulp polyps appear. But, even so that does not mean that pulp polyps can be left just like that.

How to treat pulp polyps?

Apart from causing discomfort due to pain and frequent bleeding, pulp polyps can also cause bad breath. And if you leave the pulp polyps alone, it can also worsen the condition of your teeth. Therefore, you need to do dental work to remove these pulp polyps and restore the condition of your teeth to healthy again.

Treatment that can be done to treat the growth of pulp polyps is root canal treatment or tooth extraction if the damage is severe. The dentist will cut or remove the pulp polyp and then clean the root canal by removing the infected pulp, then fill the root canal with filling and seal your tooth cavity again with a permanent filling or crown to prevent further infection.

The development of pulp polyps is normal but it is a rare case. Because it is not easily detected until finally the condition has bothered you, so the reason why routine check with the dentist is important, so that all problems with your teeth and mouth will be detected early and well controlled. 


Kandagal Suresh, et la. 2015. Pulp polyp – A periapical lesion: Radiographic observational study, DOI: 10.4103/0972-1363.167085.