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Root Canal

A tooth’s nerve and pulp can become irritated, inflamed, and infected due to deep decay, repeated dental procedures on a tooth, and/or large fillings, a crack or chip in the tooth, or trauma to the face. Therefore, a tooth may need a root canal, which is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected. During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. Without treatment, the tissue surrounding the tooth will become infected and abscesses may form.

What Are the Signs That a Root Canal Is Needed?

    • Severe toothache/pain upon chewing or application of pressure

    • Prolonged sensitivity/pain to heat or cold temperatures (even after the hot or cold stimulus has been remove)

    • Discoloration (or darkening) of the tooth

    • Swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums

    • A persistent or recurring pimple on the gum

Pulpotomy

A pulpotomy is when the inflamed pulp chamber, usually on a baby molar, is removed, the area is sterilized, and the chamber is sealed. It is sometimes called a baby tooth root canal, but it’s not really a root canal and it can be done is some cases in permanent teeth. It is a very common procedure in children and has a reasonably good prognosis of success.

First, the decay is removed, and then the pulp chamber (the top part, not the root canals) is removed usually with a high-speed bur or spoon excavator. A small cotton ball damp with formocresol is placed to “mummify” the pulp stumps and to sterilize the area. After a couple of minutes, the cotton ball is removed and the opening is sealed usually a with a Zinc Oxide and Eugenol material like IRM. IRM is a  putty-like material that hardens up after a few minutes. After a pulpotomy on a baby molar, it is usually necessary to place a stainless steel crown to restore the tooth.

Pulpectomy

A pulpectomy is a common dental procedure in which the dental pulp and root canal are totally removed. Generally, this procedure is performed on primary teeth (baby teeth) by a pediatric dentist. Pulpectomy is essential when the pulp of a tooth has become infected due to deep decay or a crack within the tooth and needs to be removed completely.

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