Just in time for trick or treating, I’ve got a post from our sponsor, Dr. Sakai at Just for Kids Dentistry, guaranteed to freak you out!
No, seriously-Dr.Sakai is an expert on pediatric dentistry, and I’ve asked him to break down some common issues with kids’ teeth in not-so-scary language. Whether your child needs preventative care (The Best!) or treatment, Dr. Sakai and his friendly staff will be glad to talk to you. He has special training working with first time patients and children with special needs, too!
Q: What is a pulpotomy (nerve treatment)-(Child’s Root Canal)?
A: The pulp of the tooth is the hollow inner core of the tooth. The pulp contains nerves, blood vessels, connective tissue, and reparative cells. The purpose of pulp therapy in pediatric dentistry is to maintain the integrity of the affected tooth, so that your child’s tooth is not lost, until his/her permanent tooth is ready to erupt.
Dental caries (cavities) and traumatic injury are the two main reasons for your child’s tooth to require pulp therapy. Pulp therapy is often referred to as a “nerve treatment,” “baby or children’s root canal,” “pulpotomy.
A pulpotomy is a dental procedure that is performed when the decay in a child’s tooth reaches into the pulp (nerve) tissue. The infected part of the nerve tissue within the crown portion of the tooth is removed to prevent further inflammation and spread of disease (caries). Next, a sedative material is placed within the tooth to prevent bacterial growth and to calm the remaining nerve tissue.
After the pulpotomy is finished, your child’s tooth is restored with a stainless steel crown (SSC) on the back molar teeth to re-establish normal chewing function and to continue to hold the space until the permanent tooth can take its place. On the upper front teeth, either a regular stainless steel crown or a white esthetic stainless steel crown can be placed. This is performed in one visit and causes no more discomfort than placing a routine filling.
Got more questions? Make sure you’ve also read Dr.Sakai’s tips on helping kids’ brush and clean their teeth, and his fun toothy trivia! As always, he also invites you to contact his office for a tour or an appointment. You can also fill out their online form, and someone from the office team will get right back to you.
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