A cavity that involves the nerve (pulp) of a tooth may cause a child to experience intense pain. Although the pain may temporarily subside using ibuprofen or antibiotics, it will return unless the tooth is properly treated. When the nerve of the tooth is infected, it must be treated to restore the child to good oral health.
A pediatric root canal therapy procedure is referred to as a pulpotomy. The purpose of root canal treatment is to maintain vitality of the affected tooth so that the tooth will not be lost early. Early loss of baby teeth may cause future problems with the eruption of permanent teeth. Therefore, it is best to avoid early loss of primary molars by properly treating the nerve of infected teeth with a pulpotomy.
The pulpotomy root canal procedure removes the infected pulp tissue within the crown of the tooth. A medication is placed to calm the nerve of the tooth and prevent bacterial growth. The pulpotomy is followed with a final restoration such as a white composite filling or a stainless steel crown. After the pulpotomy is complete, your child should feel much better.