When baby teeth are affected by severe decay or infection, a pulpotomy can be a gentle and effective way to preserve the tooth and alleviate any discomfort your child may be experiencing. Our expert team here at Aviation Pediatric Dental Associates is dedicated to providing personalized care, making sure your child feels at ease throughout the process. Trust us to safeguard their dental health and set the foundation for a lifetime of beautiful smiles.
What Is a Pulpotomy?
A pulpotomy is a dental procedure that addresses dental decaying extending into the pulp cavity. The process involves drilling the tooth to access and remove the infected portion of the pulp while leaving the healthy pulp intact. It’s mostly a pediatric dental treatment, but adults with dental decay can also get pulpotomies, depending on the extent of the decay.
What to Expect: The Pulpotomy Treatment Process
Evaluation and Anesthesia
Dr. Hobbs will determine your suitability for a pulpotomy by conducting a dental evaluation. This evaluation involves a visual examination of the infected teeth and X-rays to determine the severity of the dental decay. If you qualify, she’ll inject local anesthetic in the area surrounding the tooth before moving to the next step.
Isolation and Drilling of Access Hole
Here, Dr. Hobbs will use a small rubber sheer or dental dam to isolate the affected teeth so saliva from other parts won’t interrupt the procedure. Next, she’ll drill a hole in the crown of the affected tooth to gain access to the pulp chamber. The hole will be just enough to allow access and not disrupt the tooth’s overall structure.
Removal of the Infected Pulp and Sealing
After drilling the hole, Dr. Hobbs will use specialized instruments to remove the infected pulp from the pulp chamber. She’ll then irrigate the pulp chamber with a mild antiseptic to eliminate any remaining bacteria. Finally, she’ll seal the access hole using MTA or zinc oxide eugenol. Dr. Hobbs might also install a crown in cases of extensive tooth decay damage.
It’s normal for your child to feel slight pain and discomfort after the dental procedure. Dr. Hobbs will recommend OTC painkillers to help them manage the pain. You’ll also receive instructions for caring for your child’s tooth until recovery.
Before & Afters
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Did you know?
Pulpotomies have been performed since ancient times? Historical evidence suggests that the concept of pulp therapy, including pulpotomies, dates back to ancient civilizations such as Egypt and China. Ancient dentists used various materials and techniques to treat infected pulp and preserve the tooth, showcasing the early understanding of dental health even in those times.