What is a Pulpotomy?

A pulpotomy is a dental procedure for treating cavities and infections in primary (baby) teeth. Dentists might recommend a pulpotomy for children with severe cavities to save the affected teeth.

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What to Expect During a Pulpotomy

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Removal of Decayed Tissue and Pulpotomy

Dr. Michelle will use a dental handpiece to remove decayed enamel in your child’s tooth. This also creates an opening that allows her to scoop out the inflamed and infected pulp. She’ll carefully remove the infected part and leave the rest of the pulp intact before treating it with a medicated dressing.

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After the pulpotomy, Dr. Michelle will restore the tooth so they can regain proper functioning. This involves using a composite resin or stainless-steel crown to replace the decayed parts she removed earlier on. Aside from restoring function, restoration also protects the teeth from further decay.

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Aftercare and Follow-Up Visits

After restoration, Dr. Michelle will prescribe medication for your child to manage any discomfort and promote healing. She may also schedule follow-up appointments, to check the progress of the healing and perform any necessary touch-ups.

Benefits of a Pulpotomy

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Preserves the Tooth

A pulpotomy helps save teeth with severe decay and pulp infection. Instead of prematurely removing a tooth, a pulpotomy can remove the infected parts while retaining the roots. Doing so means the teeth can function normally and maintain their natural structure.

Immediate Relief from Pain and Discomfort

Pulp inflammation causes sharp, throbbing pain in your child’s teeth. A pulpotomy removes the decayed inflamed pulp offering almost immediate and permanent pain relief. This is a much better alternative to your child taking pain medication that only offers temporary relief and is also detrimental to their health in excess.

Less Invasive

A pulpotomy is less invasive compared to other dental procedures that achieve the same result. It’s also a lot more affordable than other more invasive procedures and takes time. You can get rid of your child’s tooth decay and pain in no more than 30 minutes.

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Who Is a Candidate for Pulpotomy?

Your child is a candidate for a pulpotomy if the infection in their pulp reaches the crown. Dr. Michelle will check the extent of the pulp infection to decide whether your child is a good candidate for the procedure.

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