Pulpotomy in Flint, MI

Lindemann Root Canal Specialists provides pulpotomy in Flint, MI. Call 810-732-7900 to learn more and schedule your appointment. 

Pulpotomy is often referred to as a baby root canal because it’s a procedure performed on primary teeth. This treatment is needed if the infection from a cavity spreads to the interior, or pulp, of the tooth. 

Why Pulpotomies Are Needed

The pulp at the center of the tooth is rich in blood vessels and nerve endings. When infection spreads to this tissue and it becomes inflamed, it causes intense toothaches. Sometimes the pain can be relieved with anti-inflammatory pain medications, but not always. In any case, it’s important for your child to receive prompt diagnosis and treatment as soon as possible. 

You may wonder why extraction is not used on teeth with pulpitis. Depending on the age of your child and whether their adult tooth is likely to erupt soon, we may opt to extract the infected tooth. Otherwise, we proceed with a pulpotomy because extracting a tooth too soon runs the risk of other teeth shifting into the newly empty space, which can prevent the adult tooth from erupting and cause orthodontic issues. 

What Happens During a Pulpotomy

It’s important to us that your child’s experiences at our office are as positive as possible. We understand that this type of procedure is bound to cause anxiety, but we use local anesthesia and conscious sedation like nitrous oxide to ensure that your child is calm and comfortable while we work. 

During the pulpotomy, we remove the infected pulp from inside the tooth. We then use a medicated dressing placed inside the tooth chamber to prevent further infection and to promote the healing of the remaining pulp. The chamber is re-sealed with a crown or a composite restoration.

Call 810-732-7900 to schedule your appointment.

Frequently Asked Questions About Pulpotomies

Is a pulpotomy the same as a root canal?

No, a pulpotomy is not the same as a root canal. Although it is sometimes called a baby root canal, a pulpotomy involves removing only the pulp in the crown, while a root canal treatment removes all of the pulp, then shapes and cleans the canals of the tooth.

What is the purpose of a pulpotomy?

A pulpotomy aids in helping us save a child’s tooth when infection has reached the pulp. The alternative to a pulpotomy is extraction, which can cause future orthodontic issues.

Does a pulpotomy hurt?

Your child should not experience any pain during their pulpotomy, as the tooth and tissue surrounding it will be thoroughly numbed before the procedure begins. Afterward, they may experience some tenderness at the site, but this is usually minor.

Does my child need a pulpotomy?

The decision to perform a pulpotomy is one made in close consultation with you, our team, and your child’s dentist.

How long does a pulpotomy take?

A pulpotomy typically ranges between 30 to 45 minutes, although it may take longer for complex cases.

Call 810-732-7900 to schedule your appointment.