A Pulpotomy Provides Conservative Treatment For Kids
A root canal treatment can address an infected tooth for adults, but for children we have a convenient alternative available. When kids suffer from a tooth developing infection, we could use an endodontic treatment to save the tooth and prevent tooth loss. In today’s blog, your Dallas, TX, pediatric dentist talks about our pulpotomy procedure.
When a Child Suffers From an Infected Tooth
An infection means bacteria have made contact with the pulp, the nerve center in each tooth. This could mean infection and abscess, bringing forth a host of uncomfortable symptoms and the risk of losing the tooth. Factors behind the infected tooth could include untreated tooth decay or an injury to the tooth. Kids may experience tooth sensitivity when they eat and bite down, toothaches, swelling near the tooth, or even a discharge from it. When these symptoms arise, let us know right away so we can conduct a diagnosis!
Ensuring Your Child is Comfortable
We begin by employing digital x-rays to obtain detailed images of the tooth, so we can assess the position and extent of the infection. From there, we can decide if a pulpotomy is the best course of action. If so, we will numb the tooth to keep your child comfortable, and we can discuss dental sedation as well. Sedation helps kids with anxiety and those undergoing more extensive treatments, as they enter a calm and relaxed state. The option we choose will depend on factors like age, weight, and anxiety levels. Once your little one is ready, we move forward with the pulpotomy procedure!
The Pulpotomy Procedures
The procedure involves our team opening the tooth itself so we can remove the infected portions of the inner pulp. Once we do, we will add a special medicated filling material to protect the remaining tissues. The last step is to cap the tooth with a dental crown, one that covers the exposed tooth structure and protects the tooth from injury or reinfection. Moving forward, you can take steps to help reduce the risk of infection or decay. For example, make sure your kids brush and floss daily without exception, and that they use a fluoride toothpaste too. Try to cut back on sugary foods and drinks in their diet, offering healthier alternatives instead. Finally, be sure they see us for a routine checkup and cleaning visit every six months!
If you have any questions about along or treating an infection, then contact our team to learn more.
Your Dallas, TX, Pediatric Dentist Offers Treatment for Infected Teeth
If you want to find out more about treating an infected tooth, or if you would like to schedule an appointment for our restorative treatment options, we invite you to contact your Dallas, TX pediatric dentist, Dr. Marr, by calling (214) 321-4880.
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