Nerve Treatment (Pulpotomy)
A pulpotomy may be needed when the nerve or pulp tissue of a baby tooth is affected by a large cavity. A pulpotomy is recommended to prevent a dental abscess or loss of the tooth. The process includes removing the unhealthy part of the nerve inside the tooth, while the healthy part remains intact. Medicine is applied, and a crown is placed over the baby tooth until the adult tooth has matured and is ready to emerge.
What to Expect
Children can sometimes get a little anxious when undergoing a pulpotomy dental procedure. Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is commonly used to help relax your child and make the procedure safer and easier. After your child is relaxed, Dr. Anderson will make an opening in the top of the affected tooth to access the pulp chamber. Then, the infected nerve tissue will be removed, and a medicated filling will be added to help seal the tooth and prevent bacteria from entering. A crown will also be placed over the tooth to ensure optimal tooth protection. Once the procedure is complete, it is important that your child maintains a regular oral hygiene routine to ensure a healthy mouth.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding nerve treatment in Quincy, MA, contact our office today!