Infected baby teeth are not too common and can be prevented with proper oral hygiene and routine checkups at Shirlington Pediatric Dentistry. Still, tooth infections can happen at any age, and if your child has an infected baby tooth, Dr. Shwetha Rai may recommend a pulpotomy, also sometimes called a “baby root canal.” So, what is this procedure, and why does your child need it? Find out now.
A pulpotomy is a procedure that’s done to remove infected and irritated pulp from the inside of your child’s tooth. The pulp is the innermost part of the tooth, and it’s filled with blood vessels and nerves that keep your child’s tooth alive. If the outside of your child’s tooth is broken or damaged, bacteria can enter the tooth, infect the pulp, and start destroying the tooth.
This usually causes a toothache, and the infection will eventually spread through the whole tooth. This will typically result in premature tooth loss, or the need for a tooth extraction to pull the damaged tooth. In the procedure, Dr. Rai will numb your child’s mouth, then open up the tooth. She will remove infected pulp from the top (crown) of their tooth, exposing fresh and uninfected pulp.
Then, she will apply a special medication to the inside of the tooth, seal it, and cover it with a dental crown. This removes the source of the infection. Over time, your child’s tooth will heal, allowing them to keep their baby tooth until it falls out naturally as their adult teeth emerge.
A pulpotomy is sometimes called a “baby root canal” because the procedure is similar to root canals that are done to adult teeth, and pulpotomies are usually only done on primary (baby) teeth. In contrast to pulpotomies, though, root canals on adult teeth involve what’s called a “pulpectomy.”
Unlike a pulpotomy, which preserves most of the natural pulp inside a tooth, a pulpectomy involves removing all of the pulp material, then replacing it with an inert material that preserves the tooth.
Wondering if your child has an infected baby tooth, and may need a pulpotomy? Here are a few signs that you may want to bring your child into Shirlington Pediatric Dentistry for a checkup with Dr. Shwetha Rai.
Contact Shirlington Pediatric Dentistry For A Pulpotomy In Arlington, VA
A pulpotomy is the best way to save, protect, and preserve an infected baby tooth. If you think that your little one may have an infected tooth, we’re here to help. The child-friendly team at Shirlington Pediatric Dentistry will provide the expert treatment your child needs in a comfortable, caring environment. Contact us online or give us a call at (703) 646-1805 to schedule a consultation now.