A pulpotomy is a pediatric dental procedure for treating dental decay in kids. The treatment involves removing the pulp from the crown of the infected tooth, alleviating tooth pain and preventing the spread of cavity-causing bacteria to the surrounding teeth. Dentists may recommend root canals for severe dental decay extending deep into the pulp cavity. Both pulpotomies and root canals can help sidestep premature tooth extractions in kids.
No pulpotomies aren’t painful since dentists use anesthetic to numb the tooth and surrounding area, ensuring a completely painless procedure. However, patients are likely to experience some pain after the procedure, which they can easily manage using store-bought painkillers.Visit the dentist immediately if your child still feels pain days after the procedure. This could indicate an issue with their tooth or a botched pulpotomy.
The best way to prepare your child for a pulpotomy is by gently explaining to them what the process involves. Use a gentle and reassuring tone and keep reminding them that the process is perfectly safe and completely painless. You can also watch a couple of kids’ videos about pulpotomies to help them better understand the procedure.
During the day of the pulpotomy, maintain a positive and cheerful attitude throughout. Dress your child in loose, comfortable clothing, and pack their favorite toy and carry it to the dentist's office. You can plan a trip to the amusement park or somewhere exciting so that they can have something to look forward to after the treatment.