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.