Pulpotomy is a common procedure performed to save teeth from further damage and prevent the need for extraction. A pulpotomy involves the removal of a portion of the pulp within a tooth. The pulp is the soft tissue located inside the tooth, containing nerves and blood vessels that help keep it alive. Pulpotomy aims to remove any infected or inflamed portions of the pulp while preserving as much healthy tissue as possible.
This procedure is often performed on baby teeth (primary teeth) when decay has reached deep into the nerve center, causing pain and increasing the risk of infection. It's also commonly used in permanent teeth with deep cavities or fractures.
Is Pulpotomy Necessary?
A pulpotomy is a common dental procedure that's necessary to save a child's baby tooth. But why is it important? The answer lies in the anatomy of the tooth.
Inside each tooth, there is a soft tissue called pulp. This pulp contains nerves and blood vessels that nourish the tooth as it develops. Sometimes, due to decay or injury, this pulp becomes infected or inflamed. If left untreated, this can lead to severe pain and even abscesses.
That's where a pulpotomy comes in. By removing only the affected portion of the pulp (rather than extracting the entire tooth), dentists can save your child's natural teeth and prevent further damage from occurring.
On the other hand, without treatment, the infected or inflamed pulp could spread to neighboring teeth and even cause damage to developing permanent teeth underneath.
While no one wants their child to undergo any type of medical procedure if they don't have to, when it comes to saving their natural teeth for future oral health, a pulpotomy may be necessary.
How Is Pulpotomy Performed?
A pulpotomy process starts with administering local anesthesia to numb the affected area and ensure patient comfort during the procedure. Our dentist then drills into the tooth's surface to gain access to its inner chambers and removes any decayed pulp tissue using specialized instruments.
After removing all damaged tissue, Dr. Pearson will apply medicated materials such as mineral trioxide aggregate (MTA) and place a filling on top of it. She may recommend additional treatment options like dental crowns or root canal therapy, depending on each case's severity.
Pulpotomy procedures are highly effective at relieving pain caused by dental problems while preserving healthy tooth structure. If you're experiencing any symptoms associated with an infected pulp, such as sensitivity to hot or cold foods/beverages, don't hesitate to schedule an appointment with your dentist today!
To learn more about our dental services, call us at (972) 576-0602 or visit Pearson Family Dentistry at 307 East Ovilla Road #400, Red Oak, TX 75154.