What is a Pulpotomy?

A Pulpotomy, also known as a “baby root canal,” is a restorative procedure that involves removing the inner pulp of a baby tooth. Every single baby tooth has a small pulp in the very center. This pulp houses the blood supply and nerves essential for the strength and vitality of the tooth. If this pulp becomes infected by decay, a Pulpotomy may be necessary.

Why is a Pulpotomy needed?

The most common reason for needing a Pulpotomy is because decay was allowed to go down deep into the tooth, reaching the pulp. This often the result of a cavity getting worse over time. Another reason one may need a Pulpotomy is because a tooth has broken or cracked, exposing the inner pulp.

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Who is a good candidate for a Pulpotomy?

We will perform an examination to determine if your child needs a Pulpotomy. An x-ray is needed to determine if the pulp is infected or exposed.

What can you expect when having a Pulpotomy Done?

Your child will receive an anesthetic helping to keep them comfortable during the procedure. The tooth is isolated with a barrier. As they watch a movie on the ceiling, we work to remove the decay from the tooth exposing the inner pulp. The pulp is fully removed using specialized tools, medicated material is put into the chamber of the pulp and the tooth is restored with a prefabricated crown. The tooth is now free from decay and healthy. At Peak Pediatric Dentistry we offer a variety of different sedation options for your child to make the appointment more comfortable.

If you think your child might need a Pulpotomy, call our office today for an evaluation and we will be happy to further assist you in scheduling an appointment.


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