What is a pulpotomy?

During your child’s consultation, Dr. Perusini may discuss a procedure known as a pulpotomy. Pulp exists inside of teeth, and is made up of vital structures such as blood vessels, connective tissue and nerves. A pulpotomy is performed in a primary tooth when the cavity is deep and close to the pulp. It is crucial that the pulp be healthy as a positive treatment outcome is dependent on this detail.

During the procedure, the affected pulp near the cavity is removed to the depth of the pulp chamber, which is the main compartment inside of a tooth. The root pulp is left intact and is treated with a topical agent. After, the pulp chamber is filled with a paste, and the tooth is restored with a filling that ideally seals the chamber and prevents any leakage.

Many people will often describe a pulpotomy as a baby root canal. We do not like this description because it implies that the primary tooth is being treated similar to a permanent tooth. There are significant differences between a pulpotomy and what is classically known as a root canal. A primary tooth pulpotomy is quick, cost-effective and usually well tolerated by children.

Dr. Perusini and the staff at Avenue PD will take the time to discuss all treatment options in detail, and to answer any questions that you might have. To help educate parents, Darsi will often create visual aids to illustrate the topics and procedures.


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