Pulpotomy in New York
Effective Treatment for Tooth Decay
To help preserve teeth that have been severely damaged by tooth decay, our pediatric dentists may recommend a therapeutic pulpotomy treatment. This therapy allows Dr. Robert N. Goldsmith and Dr. Jessica Lynch to isolate and treat infection or damage to the inside of the tooth.
What Is Pulpotomy?
Pulpotomy is an endodontic treatment that is most often used on primary (baby) teeth. When decay or injury reaches the dental pulp, which is the innermost layer of the tooth, you often experience tooth pain and sensitivity. If not treated, the tooth will likely abscess and eventually require further treatment or extraction. In order to prevent this, our pediatric dentists may recommend pulpotomy treatment.
During pulpotomy treatment, we remove the decay and the pulp chamber. The area is sterilized, but unlike a regular root canal treatment, the tooth nerves are not removed or treated. In some cases, not all of the dental pulp is removed, maintaining the vitality of the remaining healthy pulp. For these situations, we often use a therapeutic dressing to maintain the healthy pulp. After the decayed pulp is removed and the tooth is cleaned, the tooth often requires a dental crown. We most often recommend stainless steel crowns for children.
While pulpotomy is rarely recommended for permanent (adult) teeth, this treatment may be suggested if decay has reached the pulp but much of the pulp is still healthy. If the roots of the tooth have not finished forming, a partial pulpotomy can give the tooth a chance to finish forming.
Signs Your Child May Benefit From Pulpotomy Treatment
Pulpotomy treatment, often referred to as a "baby root canal," may be necessary for children experiencing specific dental issues. Signs that your child may benefit from a pulpotomy include:
- Persistent Toothache: Complaints of persistent tooth pain or discomfort may indicate pulp inflammation.
- Visible Tooth Decay: Visible signs of tooth decay, such as cavities or discoloration, can suggest pulp involvement.
- Sensitivity to Hot or Cold: Heightened sensitivity to hot or cold foods and beverages may be indicative of pulpitis.
- Swelling or Redness: Swelling or redness around the affected tooth may signal an infection in the pulp.
- Difficulty Sleeping: Discomfort that disrupts sleep patterns could be a sign of underlying dental issues.
- Refusal to Chew on One Side: If your child avoids chewing on one side of their mouth, it may be due to dental pain.
- Bad Breath: Persistent bad breath not attributed to other factors might be associated with pulp problems.
- Pain During Brushing: Complaints of pain or discomfort while brushing the affected tooth.
If your child exhibits any of these signs, consult our New York pediatric dentist promptly. Early detection and intervention with a pulpotomy can often preserve the tooth and prevent further complications. Regular dental check-ups also aid in identifying potential issues before they become more severe.
What to Expect After Pulpotomy
Due to the nature of the procedure, it's not uncommon for your child to experience some minor pain, swelling, and discomfort. This can be managed by applying a cold compress to the area as well as by administering child-safe over-the-counter pain relievers. However, if your child is still experiencing discomfort, pain, and swelling for more than a few days after the treatment, give us a call.