If a cavity progresses, it can turn into pulpitis, which is an inflammation of the pulp. The pulp is the soft area inside the tooth that contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. In order to save the tooth, your child may need a pulpotomy.
In an effort to preserve the vitality and health of the tooth, the inflamed nerve tissue is cleaned and disinfected. A pulpotomy is most commonly performed on baby teeth, however it is indicated for permanent teeth as well.
After numbing the treatment area, Dr. Lenard will remove the tooth decay and open the pulp (nerve) chamber. At this stage, we will remove the infected pulp, clean the area, and seal it. A crown will be placed on top to protect the tooth and make it stronger!
If your child is experiencing tooth pain or inflammation, they may have a cavity. When you come in to see us, we’ll determine if and which treatment option is recommended. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!
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