Sometimes, no matter what you do, the worst still happens. Your child’s tooth has to be pulled, or a root canal has to be performed. At Smile Kids! Pediatric Dentistry we’re prepared for the worst and committed to helping you and your child overcome any obstacle so they can get their smile back better than ever.
What Is a Pulpotomy?
Inside every tooth is a bundle of nerves, tissues, and blood vessels known as dental pulp. The pulp is vital to the healthy development of your child’s baby teeth, but sometimes it can become diseased or damaged. A pulpotomy is a restorative procedure often performed as an alternative to extraction when we think the tooth can be successfully saved. Also known as a baby root canal, during a pulpotomy, we will remove the diseased pulp. We then fill the tooth with a restorative material to help fortify, strengthen, and protect the tooth.
Why Might My Child Need a Pulpotomy?
We will usually reserve pulpotomies for when the pulp of a baby tooth becomes damaged. Unlike adult teeth, the inner chamber of baby teeth is much larger, which means it’s both easier to infect and to remove. While extractions might often seem easier than a pulpotomy, especially for baby teeth, there can be severe ramifications for removing them, such as delayed speech development and teeth coming in misaligned.
Got More Questions?
Here at Smile Kids! Pediatric Dentistry we want to answer any questions you might have about extractions, pulpotomies, and any other pediatric services we offer. We’re committed to having every parent be an active and knowledgeable partner in their child’s oral health, so call us today at (276) 663-0065!