Pulpotomies in Montclair, NJ

Pulpotomies, often referred to as "baby root canals," are common dental procedures performed on children with severe tooth decay or injury. The treatment involves removing the infected pulp tissue from the tooth's crown (the visible part of the tooth) while preserving the root's healthy pulp. This procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia, ensuring the child feels comfortable and free from pain. Dr. Reesha Shah at Fresh Pediatric Dentistry in Montclair, NJ, is an expert in performing pulpotomies, ensuring your child's oral health is in the best hands.

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Why Would My Child Need a Pulpotomy?

When tooth decay or damage reaches the tooth's pulp, it can cause severe pain and discomfort for your child. If left untreated, the infection can spread, leading to more serious dental issues such as abscesses or even tooth loss. Pulpotomies can effectively remove the infection, alleviate pain, and preserve the structure of the tooth. This procedure is a proactive measure to protect your child's oral health, prevent further complications, and ensure a healthy smile for years to come.

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Pulpotomies are often called "baby root canals" but they're not as complex as adult root canals.

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The Benefits Of Pulpotomies

Pain Relief

One of the primary benefits of pulpotomies is immediate pain relief. Tooth decay that has reached the pulp can cause excruciating pain for your child. During a pulpotomy, Dr. Shah removes the infected pulp, effectively eliminating the source of the pain.

Preservation of the Tooth

Pulpotomies allow for the preservation of your child's natural tooth. By removing only the infected pulp from the crown and leaving the healthy root pulp intact, the tooth's structure is maintained. This is particularly important for primary teeth, which hold space for the permanent teeth.

Prevention of Further Damage

If an infected pulp is not treated promptly, the infection can spread to the surrounding tissues and even to the permanent tooth growing underneath. A pulpotomy stops the infection in its tracks, preventing further damage and potential tooth loss.

The Pulpotomy Treatment Process

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The first step in the pulpotomy process is a thorough examination and diagnosis. Dr. Shah will take X-rays of your child's teeth to determine the extent of the decay and confirm that a pulpotomy is the best course of action.

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Anesthesia and Pulp Removal

Once the diagnosis is confirmed, your child will be given local anesthesia to numb the area. Dr. Shah will then carefully remove the infected pulp from the tooth's crown using specialized dental tools.

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Filling and Crown Placement

After the infected pulp is removed, the area is cleaned and filled with a medicated material. A dental crown is then placed over the tooth to protect it and restore its function. The crown is designed to match the color of your child's natural teeth, ensuring a seamless look.

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