Unfortunately, cavities and dental trauma can damage the vital tissues inside teeth. When the dental pulp of a primary or deciduous tooth gets compromised by decay or injury, but there's no sign of infection, we frequently recommend "nerve treatment," known as a pulpotomy.
The purpose of root canal treatment on a "baby" tooth is to avoid further damage, prevent infection, and maintain the tooth until its permanent successor tooth comes into place. In many cases, it's best to avoid an extraction and maintain the baby tooth. A prematurely lost baby tooth can result in space loss for its permanent successors and other consequences.
While the phrase "root canal treatment" can sound daunting, the procedure is as routine as getting a filling. A pulpotomy, gently performed under local anesthesia, involves removing the exposed or affected tissues within the crown of the tooth (the visible portion of the tooth). A special medication then gets placed to disinfect the area and calm the remaining nerve tissue.
Following the completion of the pulpotomy, a restoration is required. Our pediatric dentist will recommend the most suitable restoration depending on the amount of tooth structure remaining and how much time is left before the baby tooth is projected to fall out. Oftentimes, a full-coverage pediatric dental crown offers maximum protection while preserving the space and restoring function.
Our goal is to help every patient experience the benefits of good oral health and a beautiful smile. We value the trust you have placed in our office and strive to provide solutions that meet your dental needs and expectations of care.