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If your child has an ache in one of their teeth that will not go away, you should let us know as soon as possible. This symptom could indicate a serious infection that left untreated, could spread to other parts of the body. To remove their infection and put an end to their dental pain, we could offer an alternative to root canals for kids. We could perform a pulpotomy to leave your child’s tooth’s roots while taking away any diseased material.

At your Shirley, NY pediatric dentist and orthodontist, we are standing by to provide emergency dental services for your kids whenever the need occurs. By promptly treating their infection, we can help you relieve your child of this painful condition while saving as much natural material of their tooth as possible. By learning about this procedure, you will learn how we help safeguard your little one’s smile!

When A Child’s Tooth Becomes Infected

The pain one feels from a tooth infection is the result of your body’s inflammatory response to the invasion of oral bacteria. When bacteria enter the inner chamber of a tooth’s root, the body’s immune system swells and can press upon sensitive nerves within. To access this inner chamber, there must be a break in your child’s tooth, perhaps from a large cavity or physical trauma. To prevent possible infections, make sure that you help your child treat tooth decay and restore injured teeth as soon as possible to close the protective seal of the tooth’s enamel. If they exhibit any of the warning signs of infection, please bring them in for treatment before the condition gets worse!

Performing A Pulpotomy

To prevent the spread of the infection or complete loss of the tooth itself, timely treatment is necessary. This includes treating baby teeth to preserve a child’s smile as they are developing. To detect the specific location of the infection, we will take digital X-rays before working on the tooth. After locating the infection, we will numb the affected area to increase your child’s comfort during the procedure. Using special tools, we will access the inner chamber and remove decaying tissues. Compared to a root canal, which removes the entire tooth’s root, a pulpotomy will leave the root intact, allowing blood and nutrients to continue supplying your child’s tooth. Because the treatment permanently alters the surface of the tooth, we will complete the procedure with a medicated filling to seal it off from potential reinfection.

Speak With Your Shirley, NY, Orthodontist and Pediatric Dentist About Root Canal Treatment For Your Child’s Infection

We are happy to treat your child when an infection causes pain. To learn more about removing oral bacteria with a pulpotomy, then contact Shirley Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry in Shirley, NY, by calling (631) 399-1600.