Pulpotomies in Malvern, PA

Pulpotomies, commonly referred to as "baby root canals," are a standard dental procedure performed on children to treat and preserve a decayed or injured tooth. This treatment involves removing the infected pulp tissue from the tooth's crown, while leaving the root's pulp intact. This procedure is often necessary when a cavity has reached the pulp of the tooth, causing pain and inflammation. Pulpotomies are typically performed under local anesthesia, ensuring a painless and comfortable experience for your child. Dr. Nuthyla Skuja at Little Bear Pediatric Dentistry specializes in this procedure, providing expert care in a nurturing and child-friendly environment.


Why Should My Child Get A Pulpotomy?

Pulpotomies are essential for preventing the spread of infection and preserving the structure of your child's tooth. If left untreated, the infection can progress, causing severe pain, abscesses, and even loss of the tooth. The procedure can save the tooth, allowing it to remain functional until it naturally falls out and is replaced by a permanent tooth. This is crucial as baby teeth serve as placeholders for adult teeth. Pulpotomies also relieve your child's pain and discomfort, improving their overall oral health and wellbeing.

The Benefits Of Pulpotomies

Pain Relief

One of the most immediate benefits of a pulpotomy is the relief from pain and discomfort. The infected pulp of the tooth is the source of the pain, and removing it effectively alleviates the discomfort. Your child can return to their normal activities, including eating and drinking, without any pain.

Preservation Of Tooth Structure

Pulpotomies help preserve the natural structure of your child's tooth. This is crucial as the primary teeth serve as placeholders for the permanent teeth. By saving the tooth, a pulpotomy helps ensure the proper alignment and spacing of your child's future permanent teeth.

Prevention Of Further Infection

Pulpotomies prevent the spread of infection to other teeth or to the jawbone. By removing the infected pulp, the procedure stops the progression of the infection, reducing the risk of further dental complications.

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The Pulpotomy Treatment Process

Diagnosis And Anesthesia

The first step in a pulpotomy is to diagnose the extent of the tooth decay and confirm that a pulpotomy is the best treatment option. Once confirmed, local anesthesia is applied to numb the area and ensure your child's comfort during the procedure. Dr. Skuja takes the time to explain the process to both you and your child, addressing any concerns and creating a reassuring environment before proceeding.

Removal Of Infected Pulp

Following the application of anesthesia, Dr. Skuja will skillfully remove the decayed part of the tooth and the infected pulp from the crown of the tooth. This step is crucial to eliminate the source of infection and pain. Dr. Skuja's precision and expertise in this phase are aimed at preserving as much healthy tooth structure as possible, contributing to the overall success of the pulpotomy treatment.

Placement Of Crown

After the infected pulp is removed, a dental crown is placed over the tooth to protect it and restore its function. Dr. Skuja ensures that the crown is carefully fitted, providing long-term stability and preventing further damage. This final step not only reinforces the structural integrity of the tooth but also enhances its aesthetic appearance, promoting your child's confidence in their restored smile.

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Pulpotomies are often referred to as "baby root canals"!

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