The pulpotomy is sometimes confused with “baby root canal therapy.” However, this is a misnomer. The pediatric pulpotomy involves opening the affected tooth and accessing the innermost part: the pulp. The damaged pulp tissue is removed. A healing dressing is applied to encourage the pulp to heal. After the tooth is cleaned, it is sealed off with a filling or cleaning to protect the treatment site and prevent reinfection.
Conversely, root canal therapy involves removing all of the pulp, including inside the roots. The similar sounding pulpectomy is truly “baby root canal therapy.” This treatment may be completed instead of a pulpotomy if the damage affects the pulp in the roots.Contact us at Little Pearls Dentistry for Children in Lansdowne, VA, today at (571) 601-2080 to schedule your child’s appointment.