If your child has a damaged or infected tooth, our dentist may recommend a pulpotomy to help them regain a healthy mouth and smile. This simple endodontic procedure can save your child’s teeth and help them enjoy a healthier mouth and smile now and in the future.

What Is Pulpotomy?

Pulpotomy is a dental procedure commonly employed on primary (baby) teeth, and is sometimes referred to as a “baby tooth root canal.” It serves as an endodontic treatment to address issues arising from decay or injury that have penetrated the innermost layer of the tooth, known as the dental pulp. The occurrence of tooth pain and sensitivity is often associated with such conditions. If left untreated, these problems can escalate to the point where an abscess forms, necessitating the removal of the tooth. To prevent such outcomes, our skilled dentist may recommend a pulpotomy.

The Pulpotomy Treatment Process

In the process of pulpotomy, the decay within the pulp chamber is carefully removed. The affected area is then thoroughly sanitized. Unlike a typical root canal procedure, the nerves within the tooth are not extracted or treated. Sometimes, only the decayed part of the dental pulp is removed, preserving the health of the remaining unaffected pulp. To maintain the wellbeing of this healthy pulp, a therapeutic dressing may be applied. After the removal of the decayed pulp and thorough cleansing of the tooth, a dental crown is often required. Our preferred choice for children is usually stainless steel crowns.

While pulpotomy is not often recommended for permanent (adult) teeth, it might be suggested when the decay has affected the pulp but a significant portion of the pulp remains healthy. This treatment can also be considered if the roots of the tooth are still in the process of forming. In such cases, a partial pulpotomy can offer the tooth an opportunity to continue its development.

Benefits of Pulpotomy

Pulpotomy offers several benefits including:

  • Preserving tooth structure
  • Alleviating pain
  • Preventing the formation of abscesses
  • Maintaining tooth function
  • Promoting natural growth and development
  • Preserving space for the adult teeth
  • Preventing additional dental complications
  • Offers a minimally invasive treatment option

Make An Appointment

We invite you to call Audubon Dental at 509-325-4227 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Safina LeClair and learn more about pulpotomy in Spokane, Washington. We look forward to helping your child enjoy their smile once again!