South Mississippi Smiles - Pulpal Therapy

Pulpal Therapy (PULPOTOMY/PULPECTOMY)


What is pulpal therapy for a baby tooth?

If your child’s cavity reaches the nerve tissue inside their tooth (known as the tooth pulp), a procedure called a pulpotomy or pulpectomy will likely need to be performed on it. 

This is often referred to as a “baby root canal” and involves removing the affected nerve tissue of the tooth and placing a sedative material in its place. The tooth is then typically covered with a crown in order to protect it and restore its strength. This procedure helps preserve the baby tooth until it is time for it to fall out naturally. 

 

Does my child need a nerve treatment?

Our family-friendly dentists want your child to retain their baby teeth until the permanent teeth are ready to come in and replace them. 

Baby teeth serve several important functions such as helping in chewing and speaking and preserving space for their permanent tooth replacements. 

Nerve treatment procedures can also prevent the spread of bacterial infection from your child’s tooth to avoid unnecessary pain and potential permanent tooth damage. 

 

Let us help keep your child pain free!

 

At South Mississippi Smiles we are dedicated to helping children maintain healthy smiles. If your child has a toothache, schedule an appointment with one of our dentists as soon as possible by clicking HERE