Have you ever heard of a “baby root canal”? It is technically called a pulpotomy, and is not quite the same as a root canal procedure, but is a similar service for children provided by our Santa Fe Springs pediatric dentist at Children’s Dental Group. A pulpotomy is utilized when your child has a tooth in which the pulp has become inflamed. The pulp is the center of the tooth, and is filled with soft tissue. If a tooth has become seriously decayed, the tooth can be exposed to bacteria and then can become inflamed or infected. This can lead to toothache and extra tooth sensitivity. If your child lets you know that she is feeling pain in her tooth, you should bring her in to see our Santa Fe Springs pediatric dentist so that we can evaluate her symptoms and determine if they are stemming from an infected pulp. If so, we will then let you know if a pulpotomy is the best course of action in order to relieve the symptoms.
A pulpotomy is typically used if the experts at Children’s Dental Group feel that the tooth has the potential to be saved and restored rather than extracted. We usually perform pulpotomies on baby molars. The essential purpose of a pulpotomy is to remove the inflamed pulp, sterilize and clean the area completely, and then fill it in and close it up using a special sealing material. Pulpotomies provided by our Santa Fe Springs pediatric dentist are known for having a high success rate, and are a very common procedure for children. We will do our very best to keep your child comfortable and happy throughout their visit so that they will feel safe and welcomed the entire time.
If you would like to learn more about pulpotomies along with any of the other many services provided by our Santa Fe Springs pediatric dentist, we encourage you to visit the Children’s Dental Group website and browse through the various details that we have available for you there. If you have a question or comment that you feel we can help you with, do not hesitate in contacting us either by phone or online. We look forward to working with you and your family at Children’s Dental Group.