What is Pulpotomy in Dentistry And What is Its Purpose?

What is Pulpotomy in Dentistry And What is Its Purpose?

April 1, 2022

A dental procedure to preserve a decayed or infected tooth is called Pulpotomy. If your child has a severe cavity with an infection in the dental pulp, our pediatric dentist recommends a Pulpotomy.

Pulpotomy is also recommended when restoring a deep cavity exposes the dental pulp, making it vulnerable to bacterial infections. When performing a Pulptomy, the dental pulp is scooped out and removed from inside the tooth’s crown. As a result, the tooth’s crown is visible and surrounded by enamel that you see above your gumline. The dental pulp is the tooth’s center, housing the blood vessels, connective tissue, and nerves.

Dental pulp infections occur when a deeply decayed tooth causes irritation and inflammation. The condition can threaten the life of the tooth and affect the gums and surrounding areas of the mouth.

Dentists may recommend a root canal instead of Pulpotomy if your kid has a deep infection extending into or near the roots. Root canal treatments help remove the dental pulp entirely and the roots.

How does Pulptomy Differ from Pulpectomy?

A Pulpotomy leaves the tooth roots intact, enabling them to grow. A Pulpotomy is primarily performed in children with primary teeth immature root formation. On the other hand, a pulpectomy helps remove all the pulp and the roots of the infected tooth. A pulpectomy is called a baby root canal, and in primary teeth, it is performed to preserve the tooth. A pulpectomy is the first step in a root canal in permanent teeth.

What Material is Used For Pulpotomy?

When performing a Pulptomy on children, they might require general anesthesia or light sedation. However, if your child needs general anesthesia, the dentist provides written instructions on preparing for the procedure. The instructions include restricting your child from eating or drinking six hours before the appointment.

You must prepare your child for the procedure because they might suffer from dental anxiety. Your child might have a toothache if they need a Pulpotomy. In such cases, informing your child that the procedure will make the pain go away helps.

Before starting the procedure, the pediatric dentist in Jackson, MI, numbs the tooth area with a topical anesthetic to ensure the local anesthesia injection doesn’t hurt. If the child is receiving general anesthesia, it is administered via injection in the arm in the dentist’s chair.

The dentist drills the tooth enamel to expose the dental pulp and removes the infected material inside the tooth’s crown by scooping it. Next, the hollow space of the dental pulp is filled with dental cement to seal it. Finally, a stainless steel dental crown cements the existing tooth to function as its new outer surface.

After-Care from Pulpotomy

Your child’s tooth, gums, and surrounding area of the mouth remain sufficiently numb during the procedure to ensure they feel no pain. After that, your child will likely be monitored for approximately an hour before you can leave the dentist’s office. Your child will probably bounce back from the anesthesia during the monitoring. In some cases, they might experience sleepiness, vomiting, or nausea. The site of the Pulptomy might bleed for several hours. You must prevent your child from eating or drinking while their mouth is numb to avoid biting their inner cheeks accidentally.

After they have recovered sufficiently to eat, they can have soft foods like soups and scrambled eggs and avoid hard and crunchy foods.

Your child will likely experience some pain and discomfort after the anesthesia begins wearing off. Therefore, the dentist recommends you provide them with over-the-counter painkillers to alleviate the pain. In addition, you must refrain your child from eating or drinking on the side of the mouth where the Pulptomy took place until they have healed entirely.

A Pulpotomy helps preserve a severely decayed tooth. The procedure helps remove the infected dental pulp from beneath the tooth’s crown and is less invasive than a root canal. Children with baby teeth are common recipients of a Pulpotomy. However, adults and older children who have permanent teeth may also be recommended a Pulptomy to save their natural teeth. While children don’t experience any pain during a Pulptomy minor discomfort is expected later. However, the procedure becomes essential when your child complains of a toothache from a severe cavity to save the tooth from extraction.

If your kid complains of a toothache from a cavity, please consider scheduling an appointment with the Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics of Jackson because they might need a Pulpotomy to save their tooth.