If baby teeth are going to fall out, why would a pulpotomy be performed?Just because a baby tooth is eventually replaced by an adult tooth, it doesn't mean they don't have to be cared for. Infection and damage can still cause considerable pain, and having the tooth removed prematurely can alter the child's bite pattern and affect the way they eat and speak, as well as having an effect on their self-confidence. Plus, baby teeth serve as placeholders for adult teeth, and removing them early can affect the way adult teeth emerge.
How is a pulpotomy performed?Pulpotomy uses very precise techniques and technology to remove only the affected portion of pulp. Once the pulp is removed, medication may be applied to support the health of the remaining pulp, and the tooth is filled and sealed. A crown is also usually applied for added protection.
How can I tell if I need a pulpotomy?Most people who need a pulpotomy will have tooth pain, especially when pressure is applied to the tooth or gum, as well as increased sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures. Dental x-rays can confirm the need for a pulpotomy as well as determine the extent of the damage inside the pulp.