A pulpotomy is a common dental procedure performed on children when a cavity has reached the pulp of the tooth, which contains the nerves and blood vessels. The procedure involves removing the diseased or damaged pulp, cleaning the area and placing a protective filling to prevent further decay.
Pulpotomies are typically recommended when the decay is too extensive for a dental filling but not severe enough to require a tooth extraction. This procedure can save your child’s tooth from decay and prevent the need for more invasive procedures.
The benefits of pulpotomies include preserving the natural tooth, reducing the risk of infection or abscess, preventing pain and discomfort, and promoting proper tooth development. Additionally, pulpotomies can help maintain your child’s oral health and prevent the need for more extensive dental work in the future.
During a pulpotomy, our pediatric dentists will administer local anesthesia to numb the area. The procedure typically takes around 30 – 45 minutes to complete. After the procedure, your child may experience some minor discomfort or sensitivity, but this can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain medication.
If you have any questions about pulpotomies in Saratoga Springs, Utah, and would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jeffrey K. Rupp, Dr. Michael Tew and associates, please call Children’s Crossing Pediatric Dentistry at 385-403-8949.