Pulpotomy & Pulpectomy

Easy Dental Care

Pediatric Dentists & Family Dentists located in Gainesville, VA

If your child develops an infection in a baby or adult tooth, they may need a pulpotomy or a pulpectomy to save their natural teeth. At Easy Dental Care in Gainesville, Virginia, Hisham Merdad, BDS, DSCD, and Zuwena Abraham, DDS, offer both services to protect your child’s oral health and help them retain their smile. Never delay early treatment for a tooth infection. Call the office or book a consultation online today to learn more about the benefits of pediatric pulpotomies and pulpectomies.

Pulpotomy & Pulpectomy

Why does my child need a pulpotomy or pulpectomy?

Pulpotomies and pulpectomies are common dental procedures that treat infections in your child’s primary or adult tooth. These treatment options are often known as baby root canals.

Your child may need these services if they have teeth with extensive decay or suffered tooth damage due to an injury.

The goal of treatment with either service is to save your child’s natural tooth and prevent the return of infection.

What are the signs of a tooth infection?

Your child may have a tooth infection, or abscess, if they have baby or adult teeth that have significant decay or damage from an injury.

Common signs of a tooth infection include:

  • Fever
  • Bad breath
  • Facial swelling
  • Bad taste in the mouth
  • Persistent tooth pain
  • Increased sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures

It’s very important that you seek treatment for an infected tooth. Untreated infections can spread to other parts of your body and, in children especially, can become life-threatening.

What happens during a pulpotomy?

A pulpotomy is useful when the crown of the tooth has decay or damage from injury, especially if the affected tooth is a baby tooth.

Dr. Merdad removes the inflamed pulp of the tooth and all areas of infection without removing the nerves of the tooth. He fills the remaining space with a dental-safe cement and covers the tooth with a crown.

A dental crown is a cover that goes over your tooth, which resembles the natural shape and color of a tooth. Dr. Merdad cements the crown into place, which functions like your child’s natural tooth while protecting it from further damage or decay.

How does a pulpectomy differ from a pulpotomy?

A pulpectomy treats infection or damage that affects both the tooth root and the crown. During this procedure, Dr. Merdad removes the entire tooth pulp from the crown, as well as the nerve tissue.

He cleans and disinfects the area before filling the space with dental cement and placing a crown. Your child’s tooth remains in place and with the crown, is more stable and works just like a natural tooth.

To learn more about pulpectomies and pulpotomies for kids, schedule a consultation at Easy Dental Care online or by phone today.