If your child has experienced traumatic damage or extensive decay to a primary tooth, it is important to take immediate action; prompt dental care will prevent the spread of infection and restore the integrity of the weakened tooth. After our Taylor or West Bloomfield, Michigan endodontics specialist reviews a set of your child’s X-rays, the severity of the infection will be assessed, and a nerve treatment may be suggested.
Our root canal specialist in West Bloomfield or Taylor, MI may suggest a pulpotomy if the trauma or decay to your child’s tooth is localized to the tooth crown. Also known as a baby root canal, this type of root canal therapy is typically performed in primary teeth. When a cavity develops deep inside a tooth, either near or into the pulp, the inner tissue becomes inflamed and irritated. A pulpotomy removes the infected pulp chamber, leaving the healthy root intact. Space may be filled with dental cement, and the tooth capped with a restorative dental crown.
If the tooth infection reaches both the crown and the root, root canal therapy (pulpectomy) will most likely be the best solution. During the pulpectomy procedure, all the pulp material is removed from the tooth root and the crown. After the child’s tooth is numbed, the pulp and nerve tissue is removed from the crown and the root canal. Then, the entire area is cleaned and disinfected thoroughly. Lastly, the empty spaces are filled with dental cement, and the tooth is restored with a dental crown.
Is your child experiencing severe tooth decay or damage due to an injury? Immediately book an appointment with our dental office for prompt treatment.
Dr. Jason M. Golnick received his DDS degree and his MS degree in Pediatric Dentistry from the University of Michigan. He is a C.S. Mott Fellow in Pediatric Dentistry and has served as a adjunct clinical professor in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics at the University of Michigan, School of Dentistry. Dr. Jason Golnick is an active staff member of Oakwood Hospital and the Detroit Medical Center / Childrens Hospital of Michigan,