If your child develops an infection or sustains other damage to their teeth, Dr. Bruno Giglio may recommend a pulpotomy to help them regain their oral health. A pulpotomy, or a baby tooth root canal, is an endodontic treatment used on primary teeth. When decay or injury reaches the dental pulp of these primary teeth, it can cause sensitivity and tooth pain and, if not treated, will eventually require an extraction.
When your child receives a pulpotomy, our dentist will first remove the decay inside the pulp chamber of the tooth. The tooth is then sterilized, but unlike a regular root canal, the tooth nerves are not removed or treated. In some cases, not all the dental pulp will be removed, allowing the tooth to retain some vitality and healthy dental pulp. After the damaged pulp has been removed and the tooth has been cleaned, our dentist will place a dental crown to complete your child’s treatment.
While pulpotomy is rarely recommended for adult teeth, it may be suggested if decay has reached the pulp but most of the dental pulp is still healthy. It may also be recommended if the roots of the tooth have not finished forming, as a partial pulpotomy may give the tooth a chance to finish developing.
Contact MI Smile Team at 586-254-3860 to make an appointment with our dentist and learn more about pulpotomy in Sterling Heights, Michigan.