Can you tell me what a pulpotomy is?
Alison J.- New Zealand
A pulpotomy is essentially a root canal treatment for a baby tooth. It is not the complete procedure an adult gets, but more like a child sized short-cut. This is generally done on molars because they are the only teeth that have to last for about twelve years.
During this procedure the pulp of the baby tooth is removed, then a disinfectant like formocresol is used on the tissue, and the tooth is then sealed. Often it will be covered in a crown.
If you’re uncomfortable with the procedure and decide to have the molar removed, you need to have a space maintainer placed. It’s really important that you keep a molar open until your child’s twelve year molars come in. A pediatric dentist will understand all of this and be able to work with your child in a way that puts them at ease.
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