Pulpotomy Procedure in Los Angeles

George B. Shinn Jr., DDS, Los Angeles, CA

Appointments: (424) 331-1351 | General Inquiries: (310) 649-3636

George B. Shinn Jr.
DDS, Los Angeles, CA

Appointments: (424) 331-1351
General Inquiries: (310) 649-3636


Mon 9 am - 6 pm

Tue 9 am - 6 pm

Wed 9 am - 6 pm

Thur 9 am - 6 pm

Fri 9 am - 5 pm

Sat 3rd Saturday of each month 10 am - 4 pm

Sun Closed

What is a pulpotomy?

A pulpotomy is a procedure that removes a portion of the tooth's central portion, or pulp, which contains the nerves, blood supply and connective tissue (sometimes referred to as the “living” part of the tooth). It's performed using special techniques and advanced technology for highly precise results. Pulpotomy can be performed on both “baby” teeth and permanent or “adult' teeth.

Is a pulpotomy the same as a root canal?

No, root canal therapy, or RCT, removes the entire pulp of a diseased, decayed, or damaged tooth, while pulpotomy removes only the decayed or diseased portion of pulp while leaving the unaffected healthy portion of the pulp intact.

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.