Pulp therapy, also known as pulpotomy or a baby tooth root canal, is a key treatment for maintaining the health and functionality of your child’s teeth when the inner tissues, or dental pulp, become damaged or infected. This treatment is particularly vital for both primary (baby) teeth and permanent (adult) teeth, ensuring that your overall dental health is preserved while preventing more severe complications.

When decay or injury affects the dental pulp, your child might experience significant tooth pain, sensitivity to hot and cold and even swelling. If left untreated, this condition can lead to abscesses and the eventual need for tooth extraction. To avoid such outcomes, our dentist may recommend pulp therapy.

Pulp therapy involves the removal of the decayed portion of the pulp, particularly from the crown portion of the tooth, while leaving the healthy root pulp intact. The area is thoroughly cleaned and sterilized to prevent further infection. Unlike a full root canal treatment, pulpotomies do not involve removing the nerve tissues from the tooth roots. Instead, a therapeutic dressing is applied to promote healing and maintain the vitality of the remaining healthy pulp. Often, a dental crown is placed over the treated tooth to protect it and restore its function. For children who are receiving this treatment on a primary tooth, stainless steel crowns are typically recommended due to their durability and cost-effectiveness. If your child is receiving a pulpotomy on an adult tooth, a partial pulpotomy can be an effective solution. This allows the tooth to continue developing naturally while preserving its health.

We understand that dental treatments like pulp therapy can sometimes be daunting for children. However, our team is dedicated to providing compassionate and effective care. Should you have any concerns or need further information about pulp therapy in Boise, Idaho, please contact State Street Dental at 208-939-1700 and schedule a consultation with Dr. Gregory Davis. Your child’s oral health is our top priority.