A pulpotomy is a vital dental procedure that can save your child’s tooth and prevent the need for more serious, invasive treatment down the road. Though it may sound daunting, a pulpotomy is relatively quick and simple, and it can make all the difference in your child’s oral health. Here’s everything you need to know about pulpotomies—including why they’re so important for children’s teeth.
What is a Pulpotomy?
A pulpotomy is a dental procedure in which the pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth) is removed. The pulp contains nerves and blood vessels, and it helps to nourish the tooth. However, if the pulp becomes damaged or infected, it can cause serious problems—including pain, abscesses, and even tooth loss.
Why are Pulpotomies Important for Children?
Children’s teeth are still developing and it is important to address any problems as soon they arise. Pulpotomies are particularly important for children because their teeth are still developing. If the pulp of a child’s tooth becomes damaged, the tooth may not be able to develop properly. In addition, the damage can spread to the surrounding teeth—and it may even affect the development of your child’s jawbone. That’s why it’s so important to nip any problems in the bud with a pulpotomy.
How are Pulpotomies Performed?
The good news is that pulpotomies are relatively quick and simple procedures. First, your child will be given local anesthesia to numb the affected area. Then, the dentist will remove the damaged pulp from the tooth. Once the pulp has been removed, the dentist will fill the empty space with medication that helps to promote healing. In some cases, a metal crown may be placed over the tooth to protect it from further damage.
After the procedure, it is important to take proper care of your child’s tooth. This means cleaning the tooth regularly with a soft-bristled toothbrush and avoiding sugary foods and drinks. You should also make sure to take your child to the dentist for regular checkups. With proper care, your child’s tooth will eventually fall out on its own and be replaced by a permanent tooth.
Pulpotomies are vital dental procedures that can help to save your child’s teeth—and they’re really not as complicated or scary as they might sound. If you think your child may need a pulpotomy, don’t hesitate to contact us right away. We are Stone Oak Children’s Dentistry & Orthodontics. We are qualified pediatric dentists that take a gentle approach to children’s dentistry.