The inner, central core of the tooth is called the pulp or nerve of the tooth. The surgical removal of an inflamed pulp chamber in a child’s tooth is called a pulpotomy, also known as a baby root canal. A pulpotomy is a procedure used to maintain the integrity of the affected tooth, so the baby tooth is not lost until the permanent tooth is ready to erupt. Traumatic injury and dental cavities are the two main reasons for a tooth to require pulp therapy.
A pulpotomy removes the diseased pulp tissue within the crown portion of the tooth. A medicated material is placed to prevent bacterial growth and to seal the tooth. In most cases, a stainless steel crown is placed over the tooth to restore it. If you have any questions regarding a pulpotomy, please contact our office.