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Treat a severely infected tooth

Pulpectomy

A pulpectomy aims to save the tooth by removing the infected pulp tissue

What is Pulpectomy?

A pulpectomy is a dental procedure used to treat severely decayed or infected baby teeth. It involves removing the infected pulp (the soft tissue inside the tooth) to save the tooth and prevent further infection. This procedure is important because baby teeth, also known as primary teeth, play a crucial role in maintaining space for permanent teeth and aiding in proper speech and chewing.

When Should Your Child Have a Pulpectomy?

A pulpectomy for children is recommended when a baby tooth has significant decay or damage affecting the pulp, the innermost layer of the tooth. This procedure is typically advised for children experiencing pain or swelling and may also be necessary for baby teeth with a history of recurrent infections.

  • Alleviate pain and discomfort
  • Remove the source of infection
  • Save the tooth until it naturally falls out
  • Ensure proper chewing and speech development

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    Aftercare Procedure

    Oral Hygiene: Encourage your child to brush their teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and to floss daily. This helps to keep their mouth clean and prevent further decay.

    Diet: Offer a balanced diet with limited sugary snacks and drinks. Encourage your child to drink plenty of water, which helps to rinse away food particles and bacteria.

    Regular Dental Visits: Schedule regular dental check-ups and cleanings to monitor your child’s oral health and catch any issues early.

    Watch for Signs: After the procedure, watch for signs of discomfort, swelling, or infection. If your child experiences any of these symptoms, contact the dentist right away.

    Step By Step Process for Pulpectomy

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    A pulpectomy for kids is a dental procedure performed to remove infected pulp tissue from within a child's tooth. It is often necessary when decay or injury has reached the innermost part of the tooth, causing infection and pain.

    A pulpectomy is necessary when a child's tooth has extensive decay or damage that has reached the pulp, the innermost part of the tooth containing nerves and blood vessels. If left untreated, the infection can spread, leading to pain, abscesses, and even tooth loss.

    During a pulpectomy, the dentist will first numb the area around the affected tooth using local anesthesia. Then, they will create an opening in the crown of the tooth to access the pulp chamber. The infected pulp tissue is carefully removed, and the chamber is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. Finally, the space is filled with a biocompatible material to seal the tooth and prevent further infection.

    The procedure itself is performed under local anesthesia, so the child should not feel any pain during the treatment. However, they may experience some discomfort or soreness afterward, which can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain medication.

    The duration of a pulpectomy can vary depending on the complexity of the case and the child's cooperation during the procedure. On average, it may take around 30 to 60 minutes to complete

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