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What is a Pulpotomy?

The living center of a tooth contains nerves and blood vessels and is called the dental pulp. A pulpotomy is a procedure where all of the crown's dental pulp is removed and the remaining pulpal tissue is covered with a special dressing which promotes healing. The tooth is then usually restored with a crown.

Why does my child need a Pulpotomy?

A pulpotomy is recommended when the tooth decay breaches the pulp of the tooth. When this occurs and a pulpotomy is not performed, it may result in tooth abscess, pain and swelling. A pulpotomy will prevent this from happening and extends the life of a tooth.

What else do I need to know?

When the pulp of a primary tooth becomes infected, the only course of action to treat the tooth is by removing it from the mouth. If the pulp of a permanent tooth becomes infected, it may require a root canal treatment or removal of the tooth.

A primary tooth that has had a pulpotomy procedure will fall out at the usual age appropriate time. Permanent teeth that have had pulpotomies usually require no further intervention, except for replacement of the overlying crown when the tooth has fully matured. (Some permanent teeth that have had a pulpotomy may require a root canal treatment at a later time).