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Pulpectomy Procedures for Kids

A young boy holding the side of his mouth in pain

When the inside of a tooth (known as the 'pulp') becomes infected, the preferred treatment for an adult tooth is root canal therapy. However, if an infection occurs in a baby tooth, a pulpectomy is often performed. A pulpectomy removes the infection from the pulp to relieve pain and prevent the extraction of the tooth.

Each tooth has a pulp, which contains the blood supply and nerve endings that keep the tooth alive and healthy. The pulp's role is to provide sensory function and produce dentin, which is calcified tissue that strengthens and supports the tooth.

Causes of Tooth Infections

  • Untreated dental cavities
  • Decay that develops underneath a dental filling
  • Trauma to the tooth

Your child may complain of a toothache or sensitivity due to hot or cold temperatures. If you suspect that your child has a tooth infection and needs a pulpectomy, please make an appointment as soon as possible.

The best way to avoid a tooth infection is to practice good at-home dental hygiene. This means brushing at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing daily, and visiting Firestone Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics every six months for a dental cleaning and a checkup.

Posted on Oct 26, 2020

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