Inside every tooth is a space called the pulp chamber that houses the nerves, the blood supply, and the soft tissue that keep the tooth alive. When the pulp tissue becomes infected or inflamed due to deep cavities or a traumatic injury, a child can experience immense pain. Dr. Lin may recommend pediatric pulp therapy (also called a “baby root canal”) to repair and preserve the affected tooth and to relieve your child from any discomfort.
Why Preserve a Damaged Baby Tooth?
Losing a baby tooth prematurelycan interfere with chewing and speech development, and can affect the alignmentof the permanent teeth developing behind the scenes. Moreover, the gap left bya missing tooth could allow the adjacent teeth to shift and tilt, potentiallyresulting in crooked teeth, a crowded mouth, or bite problems. As a result, itis often desirable to try to save a baby tooth with damaged pulp rather than tosimply remove the tooth. Often, pediatric pulp therapy can be used to save sucha tooth.
What Are the Types of Pediatric Pulp Therapy?
There are two types of pediatricpulp therapy: pulpotomies and pulpectomies.
Pulpotomy: A pulpotomy can be performed onbaby teeth and growing permanent teeth and is used when pulp needs to beremoved only from the tooth’s crown (the top part of the tooth). The procedureinvolves the removal of the infected or damaged portion of the pulp, whichprovides relief to the remaining healthy pulp tissue. After cleaning the areathen filling it with a special medicated filling, Dr. Lin will use arestorative crown to strengthen the tooth and protect it from future fractures.
Pulpectomy: In teeth with severe decay,trauma, or pulp infection, the entire pulp tissue (meaning pulp in both thetooth’s crown and its root) may need to be removed.
In both pulpotomies andpulpectomies, the infected or damaged pulp tissue is removed, the tooth isdisinfected, a therapeutic filling material is applied, and a restorative“crown” (a cap that goes over the tooth) is used to strengthen the tooth and protectit from further damage.
How Can You Prevent Pulp Damage?
The best way to prevent pulpdamage is to keep your teeth healthy and protected against injury. Thatinvolves meticulous oral hygiene practices, regular dental exams and cleanings,and protecting your child’s teeth from trauma using protective custommouthguards during athletic activities.
Pediatric Pulp Therapy Near Me
Contact Hurst Pediatric Dentistry in Hurst, TX, to learn more about preserving your child’s teeth with the help of pediatric pulp therapy. You can call our office at (817) 510-6400. We always strive to deliver exceptional, gentle care at our kid-friendly facility to help our patients maintain healthy, happy smiles.