The purpose of pulp therapy is to help a baby tooth continue its development or maintain the life of a permanent tooth.
Inside a healthy tooth, there is an area called the “pulp space”. This is composed of soft tissue such as nerves, connective tissues, and blood vessels.
There are two general causes for pulp therapy:
Cavities that have severely damaged a tooth
Dental trauma (example: broken teeth)
If your child is experiencing symptoms such as sensitivity to hot or cold, severe toothache, swelling or tenderness, your child may require either pulp therapy:
A pulpotomy may be necessary to remove partially damaged tissue
A pulpectomy may be necessary to remove all the damaged tissue.
At Small World Dental, the complete removal of a nerve is the last effort we make to save a tooth before it requires removal.