If you’ve ever had a toothache, you know how painful it can be! For a child, it may cause them to be distracted during significant learning time at school or to miss fun extracurricular activities. This sensitivity is often indicating that your little one’s tooth has been traumatized. If this is the case, Dr. Meghanne will recommend pulp therapy for your child.
What Is Pulp Therapy?
The pulp of your tooth is its innermost canal, which contains blood vessels and nerves. If a tooth becomes decayed to the point where it reaches the pulp, it may cause a lot of discomfort for your child. Pulp therapy helps to maintain the vitality of the affected tooth, so it doesn’t need an extraction. This procedure can also be called “nerve treatment,” or “root canal therapy.”
The Different Types of Pulp Therapy
Depending on the condition of your little one’s tooth, Dr. Meghanne may perform either a pulpotomy or a pulpectomy.
A pulpotomy is needed to remove the diseased tissue from within the pulp of the tooth. After she removes the tissue, Dr. Meghanne will protect and strengthen the tooth by covering it with a dental crown.
A pulpectomy is required when the entire pulp into the root canals of the tooth is diseased. Dr. Meghanne removes the damaged tissue from the crown and root of the tooth during this procedure. Then the tooth is filled with a resorbable material so the root can be absorbed back into the body when the adult tooth arrives. This procedure is very similar to adult root canal treatment.
Why Save a Primary (Baby) Tooth?
It may seem unnecessary to put all this effort into saving a tooth that will fall out in a few years. However, baby teeth save space for adult teeth and help to guide them into place when the time arrives. Losing primary teeth too soon could affect the alignment of your child’s teeth.
These teeth are also essential for helping your child learn to eat and talk, so it’s important to make every effort to keep them safe and healthy until adult teeth arrive.
Can Pulp Therapy be Avoided?
Pulp therapy might sound like a lot of treatment for your son or daughter to endure, and you’re right – it can be taxing on them. However, the first thing to know is that your pediatric dentist in Beaumont does everything possible to keep your little one comfortable during complex procedures.
As a parent, you can help your child avoid tooth decay and difficult procedures by offering them a healthy and well-balanced diet that is low in sugar, assisting them in daily brushing and flossing procedures, and ensuring that they visit Dr. Meghanne every six months for checkups since she can detect tooth decay in its earliest stages.
Contact The Pass Pediatric Dental Group for more information or to schedule your child’s next visit.