What Is Pediatric Pulp Therapy?

What Is Pediatric Pulp Therapy?

The pulp of a tooth is the inner core of the tooth located in the center.  This is where the pulp is found which contains blood vessels, nerves and the reparative cells and connective tissue that are necessary for your tooth to stay alive and healthy.  In pediatric dentistry, the purpose of pulp therapy is too maintaining tooth vitality if for some reason the tooth is damaged or diseased, which can potentially result in the loss of the tooth.

Cavities as well as injuries which are traumatic are the general reason that pulp therapy may be necessary.  It is often referred to by different names such as “nerve treatment” or “children’s root canal,” and by the terms “pulpectomy” and “pulpotomy.” The terms most used in pediatric dentistry are the last two.  A pulpotomy is a process by which diseased tissue is removed underneath the crown portion of the two of which has been affected.  Bacterial growth will be prevented by an agent being placed into the tooth which will save the remaining nerve tissue after the diseased pulp tissue has been removed.  The final restoration uses a crown which is generally made of stainless steel. A pulpectomy could potentially be required if all the hole in the two is too damaged to be saved.  In this circumstance, the entire tooth pulp which extends into the root canals of the tooth is removed.  This pulp extends from the canal all the way to the crown of the tooth, and care must be taken to make sure all diseased tissue has been removed.  Canals are then disinfected and cleansed, and if the tooth a primary tooth, these areas will then be filled with a resorbable material.  If the tooth is a permanent tooth, it would then be filled with a non-resorbing material.  These two procedures are invasive and will sometimes require sedation of the patient in order to assure that they are calm and comfortable.  These types of procedures are scary to children who may have an underlying fear of the dentist already, and will need the cooperation of both the parents and the pediatric dentist in order to assure that the child understands what is happening and is medicated enough to assure comfort.

If your child is in need of pediatric pulp therapy in order to salvage teeth which have been damaged due to an accident or disease, it is important to discuss and understand all options with your pediatric dentist in order to make the best decision for your child your considerations to be had with regards to how much damage has been done to the tooth as well as if the tooth is going to be replaced by a permit tooth.  While the aesthetics of missing teeth have an impact on children, it is important to understand that keeping the child’s mentality in good spirits with regards to dental visits his of equal importance.  Through careful consideration, we will formulate a plan that is right for your child.

 

For information about the best Las Vegas children’s dentist, contact Dr. Gary Richardson at Adventure Smiles.