Suppose you've taken your young child to their dental professional because of a toothache, and they discover a good amount of decay in one or multiple teeth. In that case, your child may need to get a procedure known as a pulpectomy. While the term may sound intimidating, it's a great solution for preserving your child's tooth rather than removing it. But what is a pulpectomy, and why might it be the appropriate treatment for your child's tooth decay? Let's go over what a pulpectomy is like, who it's for, how to prevent further decay, and other procedures like this.
We know that as a parent or caregiver, your child's smile is a top concern. By better understanding this procedure and tooth decay prevention, you can be confident in the decisions you make and the future habits you instill in your child!
There's an important inner layer of our teeth that carries the blood supply and nerves that keep our teeth alive. Known as pulp, it's a soft, living, and very sensitive layer surrounded by the stiff and strong layers you may be more familiar with (dentin and enamel). If there's damage to the outer layers, the pulp inside can become infected. In some cases, specifically in children who still have their baby teeth, a pulpectomy procedure is the best option for saving the damaged tooth.