At our dental practices, we believe in the importance of keeping our patients informed and comfortable with every aspect of their dental care. One procedure that may be recommended for children experiencing tooth decay or injury is a pulpotomy. We are here to guide you through what a pulpotomy entails, when it is necessary and what you can expect during and after the procedure.

A pulpotomy is a dental procedure often referred to as a “baby root canal” because it is primarily performed on baby teeth. It involves the removal of a portion of the tooth’s pulp to prevent or treat an infection. The pulp is the innermost part of the tooth, containing nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue. This treatment aims to preserve the tooth’s structure and integrity, allowing it to remain in place until it naturally falls out to make room for the permanent tooth.

A pulpotomy may be necessary if there is significant decay in a tooth or if it has been injured, leading to infection or inflammation of the pulp. Symptoms indicating the need for a pulpotomy include pain, sensitivity to hot or cold, swelling around the tooth and sometimes, a visible injury to the tooth. Our team is skilled in diagnosing these conditions and will recommend a pulpotomy if it is the best course of action for your child’s dental health.

We understand the importance of ensuring that our young patients are comfortable and calm throughout their dental procedures. During a pulpotomy, we first numb the affected tooth and the surrounding area to ensure your child feels no discomfort. Then, we remove the decayed portion of the tooth and the affected pulp from the crown part of the tooth. Afterward, we place a medicated filling to promote healing and to prevent bacterial growth.

Following a pulpotomy, it is normal for the treated tooth to be sensitive for a few days. We recommend soft foods and over-the-counter pain relief if necessary. Our team will provide detailed aftercare instructions and schedule a follow-up appointment to ensure the tooth is healing properly. With proper care, a tooth that has undergone a pulpotomy can remain healthy and functional until it is time for it to be replaced by a permanent tooth.

Our pediatric dentists and team are committed to providing a safe, welcoming and understanding environment for our patients and their families. Our team is here to answer any questions you may have about pulpotomies or any other dental concerns. Your child’s comfort, health and well-being are our top priorities, and we strive to ensure that every visit to our dental practices is a positive experience.

For more information about pulpotomies in Highland and Lehi, Utah, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Bart Sloan, Dr. Matthew Jacobsen or Dr. Daniel Ford, please contact us today. Together, we can keep your child’s smile healthy and bright.