Treating a Pulpotomy (Baby Root Canal)


A pulpotomy is a dental procedure commonly performed on primary (baby) teeth with extensive decay or trauma that has resulted in pulp inflammation. The pulp is the soft, inner part of the tooth that contains blood vessels and nerves, and when it becomes inflamed or infected, it can cause pain, sensitivity, and even tooth loss if left untreated. A pulpotomy is designed to remove the inflamed pulp and preserve the healthy parts of the tooth, allowing it to continue to function normally.

At Pristine Pediatric Dentistry, we understand the importance of pulpotomies and the impact they can have on a child’s oral health. Here are some of the reasons why pulpotomies are important:

  1. Preventing further decay and infection: When a tooth has an inflamed pulp, the decay and bacteria can spread to the surrounding teeth and gums, leading to more extensive dental problems. A pulpotomy removes the infected pulp and prevents the decay and bacteria from spreading.

  2. Preserving the primary tooth: Primary teeth play a crucial role in a child’s dental development, as they help to guide the permanent teeth into the correct position. Removing a primary tooth too early can lead to problems with the eruption of the permanent teeth. A pulpotomy allows the primary tooth to remain in place until it is naturally ready to fall out.

  3. Reducing pain and discomfort: Inflamed pulp can cause significant pain and discomfort for a child, which can make it difficult to eat, sleep, and participate in normal activities. Removing the inflamed pulp can relieve the pain and allow the child to resume their normal activities.

At Pristine Pediatric Dentistry, we use the latest techniques and technology to perform pulpotomies in a safe and comfortable manner. Here’s how we typically treat pulpotomies:

  1. Examination and diagnosis: Before performing a pulpotomy, we will examine the child’s teeth and take X-rays to determine the extent of the decay and the condition of the pulp. We will also evaluate the child’s overall oral health to determine if any other treatments are needed.

  2. Anesthesia: We will use local anesthesia to numb the area around the tooth and minimize any pain or discomfort during the procedure.

  3. Removal of inflamed pulp: We will carefully remove the inflamed pulp from the tooth and clean the area to ensure that all bacteria and decay are removed.

  4. Placement of medicament: We will place medicament in the pulp chamber to help promote healing and reduce the risk of further infection.

  5. Restoration of the tooth: We will restore the tooth with a filling or crown to protect it from further decay and restore its function.

  6. Follow-up care: We will schedule follow-up appointments to monitor the child’s progress and ensure that the tooth is healing properly.

In summary, pulpotomies are an important dental procedure for children with inflamed pulp in their primary teeth. At Pristine Pediatric Dentistry, we use the latest techniques and technology to perform pulpotomies in a safe and comfortable manner, allowing children to maintain their oral health and function. If you suspect that your child may need a pulpotomy, contact our office today to schedule an appointment.