Pulpotomy is the process of removing infected pulp from inside the infected primary tooth. In a child a cavity that infects the nerves of the tooth may cause child to experience severe pain or swelling sooner or later. This pain and swelling can be relieved with painkillers and antibiotics for a few days but it will return unless pulpotomy is done. When infection of nerve is diagnosed with the help of examination and X ray it is best to get pulpotomy done to restore the tooth to its best possible health.
A pediatric root canal procedure or pulpotomy with hold the tooth in place till the time of its naturally shedding. Saving this tooth will prevent future problems and will help to guide permanent teeth to occupy a proper place. Therefore, it is best to avoid early loss of primary teeth, especially molars by properly treating the nerve of infected teeth with a pulpotomy. Dental caries (cavities) and traumatic injury are the main reasons for a tooth to require pulp therapy. The pulpotomy root canal procedure removes the infected pulp tissue within the crown of the tooth. A medication is placed to devitalize the nerves of the tooth and prevent bacterial growth. The pulpotomy is followed with a final restoration such as a filling or stainless steel crown.
After the pulpotomy (root canal procedure) is complete; your child should feel much better. Pain subsides either immediately or within a few days of the procedure.