Can you tell me what a pulpotomy treatment is for children?
Kathy B.- Phoenix, AZ
The easiest way to describe this would be to call it a root canal shortcut for children’s teeth. It is done on an infected baby tooth to remove the infection. To do this, most of the baby tooth pulp is removed (all the way down to the root). Then, inside the roots is treated with a disinfectant. The tooth is then sealed and covered with a crown, generally stainless steal.
It is generally done on molars, so they can remain in the jaw, holding space for the permanent premolars. There is another option, if the tooth is just too infected. You could have the tooth removed, and then put in a space maintainer, to hold its place.
This blog is brought to you by Boston Pediatric Dentist Dr. Randall Burba.