When a child’s baby teeth have severe decay, parents’ ask “Why not just pull them? They’re going to fall out anyway.”
But baby teeth exist for a reason. Having them out too early can cause your child’s adult teeth to erupt incorrectly or become impacted. An investment in saving your child’s baby teeth is an investment in their future smile.
A pulpotomy is similar to a root canal. The only difference is that once the nerve is removed, no filling is put into the tooth with a pulpotomy. A pulpotomoy will save your child’s teeth from being pulled while completely eliminating pain.
Step 1 – Your child will be given laughing gas to relax them and the area of the tooth will be completely numbed.
Step 2 – Existing decay and nerve tissue will be removed from the tooth. Medication will be placed inside the nerve chamber to prevent reinfection.
Step 3 – A crown will be placed over the tooth to protect it and prevent further decay.
If your child has a toothache, it’s best to get them into our office right away before the pain gets worse. Call us today to schedule your free consult at 434-688-0600.