I was wondering if you could tell me what a pulpotomy is in regard to dental care for children?
– Sam in Washington
When a child has an infection in a baby tooth, a pulpotomy can take care of it. What happens is that most of the pulp is removed from the baby tooth all the way down to the tooth root. Then a disinfectant is used on the tissue inside the root. The final step used is a sealant that is applied, then covered with a crown.
Essentially, it would be considered a root canal treatment for baby teeth. Although, it is a more temporary fix than a true root canal procedure. This type of treatment would typically be done for a child’s molars. This is because the molars need to stay in place until the permanent teeth are ready to come in. If the molars were removed then space becomes an issue and there could be crowding when the permanent teeth erupt.
Space maintainers can also be used when a child’s tooth is infected. The molar is extracted and the space maintainer holds its spot.
This post is sponsored by Lafayette dentist Theriot Family Dental Care.