Pulpotomies for Damaged Teeth
What Is a Pulpotomy?
Pulpotomies are safe, effective procedures to save decayed, infected teeth. During a pulpotomy, a dental professional removes the pulp from the crown of a tooth (the part above the gumline) that is still alive. Pulpotomies can be done on primary teeth as well as adult teeth.
When Is a Pulpotomy Recommended?
Pulpotomies are recommended for primary or adult teeth with severe cavities and pulpitis (infection in the pulp). They are also recommended when repairing a deep cavity exposes the underlying pulp, making it vulnerable to future infection. A deeply decayed tooth can cause irritation, inflammation, or infection in the pulp, which threatens the life of the tooth, as well as the surrounding gum and bone tissues.
The Difference Between Pulpotomies and Root Canals
Pulpotomies are done more often on primary (baby) teeth because they leave the roots intact and able to keep growing. It’s critical to protect the primary teeth, as they perform several important roles, from helping with speech development and chewing to holding the place of the adult teeth that will replace them. Call (905) 896-3622 or or email us if you have any questions about pulpotomies.