Primarily used for children, pulpotomies have been called “the baby root canal.” When cavities get too deep they may reach and damage the pulp, or the living portion of the tooth. If the cavity is not caught early enough, bacteria may infect the tooth and cause abscesses, inflammation, and other issues. Through pulpotomies, dentists can rescue and restore the tooth. This becomes especially important with baby molars, as their health and the positioning affect the growth of adult teeth.
In a pulpotomy, practitioners remove the diseased pulp in the crown while retaining the healthy root. The empty space is filled with a putty-like substance consisting of zinc oxide and eugenol. Subsequently, a stainless steel crown caps the tooth. To complete the process, dentists treat the tooth with ferric oxide, electrosurgery, or formocresol. By some estimates, the procedure features a success rate of more than 90%.
About the Author:
Since 1975, Dr. Charles Zebe has provided medical care to clients of Accurate Dental Group, LLC. From the facility in Mercerville, New Jersey, Charles Zebe, DMD, performs many techniques, including pulpotomies.