Pulp Treatment

Specialist Kids Dentist, Dr Chinh Nguyen & Associates provides safe and comfortable baby root canal treatment for children. STOP the PAIN and SAVE the TOOTH!

Inside every tooth is a pulp chamber with nerve tissues and blood vessels. When decay spreads deep enough to affect the pulp of a tooth, the infection can then cause a number of problems, including pain. In the past, the tooth would most likely be lost, but today Specialist Kids Dentist can perform root canal treatment for children, called a baby root canal or pulpotomy, to remove the infection and save the tooth. During a pulpotomy the infected part of the nerve is removed and a sedative medication is placed inside the tooth on the healthy portion of the pulp to prevent sensitivity and to promote healing. Back teeth that receive a pulpotomy should be strengthened with a crown. With proper homecare and regular check-ups, the treated tooth should remain healthy until it falls out at the appropriate age.

Ramifications of not operating

It is important for children to have their natural baby teeth as long as possible to maintain spacing and allow all of their teeth to erupt in the proper position.

If this infection is not treated with a pulpotomy, infection will spread and pus starts to accumulate in the jaw bone around the tooth, forming a “pus pocket.” This is an abscess and it can cause pain, swelling, and the death of pulp tissue. An infected tooth will not heal on its own and will only get worse. Without a pulpotomy, the tooth may need to be taken out.

Who is a Good Candidate?

A pulpotomy is performed only when the inflamed pulp is confined to the crown. The tooth also has to be restorable. If it’s too damaged or weak, the dentist will have to extract it.

The best candidate for a pulpotomy will be a child in good overall health. Children with chronic health conditions that increase their susceptibility to bacterial infections are not good candidates. Examples include children with leukemia or tumors.

Save Your Child’s Tooth! If one of your child’s teeth is showing signs of decay, schedule an appointment at Specialist Kids Dentist to learn more about a pulpotomy procedure. Our team of dental experts have over 20 years of Paediatric Dental experience and will be happy to address any questions or concerns you may have. Contact us today to book your child’s appointment or visit our offices in Liverpool or Summer Hill.