A pulpotomy procedure, which is also referred to as a baby root canal, removes the infected pulp or soft area within the center of the tooth in order to save it. Our experts at Ashburn Children’s Dentistry use the latest techniques and technologies to ensure that your child is safe, comfortable and relaxed during the entire procedure. All efforts are made to save your child’s baby teeth as long as possible to ensure natural spacing and normal development of new teeth.
Aside from preserving the normal function of the affected tooth,a pulpotomy procedure also treats infection, pain, swelling, and abscess that often occur when the decay spreads deep enough to affect the nerves of a tooth.
How It’s Done
The procedure is performed in the comfort of our office using specialized and advanced techniques. Once the infected pulp is removed and the cavity is cleaned, the cavity can be closed. When a pulpotomy procedure involves the back teeth, stainless steel crowns may be used to protect and strengthen them. These crowns remain in place until the baby teeth naturally wiggle out.
Patient Comfort Is Our Priority
One of the core goals of pediatric dentistry is to provide a virtually anxiety-free experience so the children will be more cooperative and less anxious. Fortunately, numbing drugs and sedation techniques have come a long way, making pulpotomy procedures and other dental treatments for kids generally discomfort-free.
Signs that your child may need a pulpotomy include:
- A severe toothache, especially when eating or upon application of pressure
- Swelling and tenderness in the surrounding gums
- Recurring pus or pimples on the gums around the decayed tooth
- Prolonged tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures even after the “sources” have been removed
- Discoloration or darkening of the tooth
To learn more about a pulpotomy procedure and dental health care for children, make an appointment at Ashburn Children’s Dentistry in Ashburn, VA. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for your little one.