A "baby" root canal or pulpotomy, is a procedure used to repair and save a primary tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected. Although normal tooth decay can become increasingly worse and eventually lead to a root canal, sometimes blunt trauma may cause the nerve of the tooth to die as well.
Our dentist will remove the nerve from the top part of the tooth and then seal it off to prevent further infection or an abscess from forming. If the nerve is not removed the infection may continue to progress deeper into the nerve of the tooth, often causing swelling, pain, and discomfort.
After the pulpotomy procedure, the tooth may become brittle and break. For this reason, a stainless steel crown is placed over the affected tooth to retain its strength.
Do not wait to see your dentist if your child is experiencing any kind of discomfort. Call our office today to schedule an appointment.