Pulpotomy Treatments in Adult Dental Patients

A pulpotomy is a dental procedure that involves the nerve of a tooth.  It is often performed on infected baby teeth, or permanent teeth prior to completing a root canal treatment.

Inside every tooth is a bundle of nerves and blood vessels in an opening called the pulp chamber.  Nerve canals extend from the pulp and into the roots of each tooth.  During a root canal, our Encino, CA dentist removes all of the nerve tissue found in the tooth. But in a pulpotomy, we just remove the top part of the pulp.

Why Do You Need a Pulpotomy?

When tooth decay begins, it starts on the enamel (outermost layer of your tooth).  As the cavity gets larger, it deepens and enters the inner layers of your tooth.  Once it reaches the pulp, the nerve becomes inflamed and eventually infected. Typically, our Encino dentist would perform root canal therapy on this type of infection. But if it can’t be done right away for whatever reason, we can perform a pulpotomy as a temporary measure. Doing so will calm the inflammation and help the infection go down some, making the root canal procedure easier and more comfortable for you.

What Does a Pulpotomy Involve?

Most pulpotomies can be done rather quickly.  The procedure involves the following steps:

  1. Tooth will be numbed with a local anesthetic.
  2. We will isolate the tooth by placing a rubber sheet around the tooth.
  3. Dr. Jamsheed will access the pulp chamber by creating a small opening in the tooth.
  4. The pulp tissue is removed.
  5. We place a small cotton ball soaked in medication over the pulp chamber opening.
  6. A temporary filling will be placed in the void of the tooth.

Emergency Dentist

Getting a pulpotomy is a great way to provide quick pain relief. If you’re in need of a dentist in Encino, CA that can not only take care of your routine dental needs, but also be there for you in an emergency, then Dr. Jamsheed is the right dentist for you.  Visit us today!

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