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Pulp Therapy – Lincoln, NE

Saving Teeth Damaged By Decay

A young boy in the dentist’s chair smiling at the dentist

When a tooth becomes severely decayed, the infection can spread far beneath the surface. Once it reaches the inner layer of the tooth, the pulp, it can cause increased pain as well as an increased risk for possible extraction. At Wilderness Station Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Marty and his team will take the appropriate steps to ensure your child’s tooth remains intact and decay-free. How? By offering pulp therapy, we can safely and effectively remove the damaged portions of the tooth without affecting the healthy tooth surrounding it. It is our goal to help your child keep their natural teeth as long as possible, so if you believe your child could benefit from this type of procedure, contact us today to schedule an appointment.

Why Choose Wilderness Station Pediatric Dentistry for Pulp Therapy?

  • Sedation Dentistry Options Are Available
  • Safe and Gentle Procedure to Save Decayed Teeth
  • Expert Dental Professionals with Years of Experience

What is Pulp?

Inner diagram of a tooth

The pulp is the sensitive nerve located at the center of the tooth. When this gets infected as a result of decay, your child’s pediatric dentist will need to administer pulp therapy to remove the infected areas and encourage the healthy regrowth and strengthening of the natural tooth.

If your child is complaining of a toothache, it is best if you call our office and schedule an appointment. Although in most situations, pulp therapy will not need to be administered, you should let us examine their smile to better determine the right course of treatment.

What Are Some Signs of Bad Pulp?

A little girl holding her cheek in pain

Since the pulp lives on the inside of the tooth, you can’t exactly tell what it looks like when infection. However, if your child is suffering from any of the following symptoms, it’s likely that pulp therapy will be a necessary procedure:

  • Unexpected loosening of the tooth
  • Unexplained pain that remains constant
  • Swelling around the affected tooth or redness
  • Pain that occurs throughout the night
  • Sensitivity to warm or cold temperature (food or beverages)

How is it Treated Through a Pulpotomy in Children?

A dentist and dental hygienist working on a child’s mouth

First and foremost, if Dr. Marty believes your child needs a pulpotomy, he will administer local anesthesia and sedation dentistry to ensure your little one feels nothing at all during the procedure. After creating an opening with the tooth, he will carefully clean out and remove the infected pulp, making sure to leave any remaining, healthy portions intact. This will allow your child’s tooth to function and develop normally as they continue to grow. He will then apply medication to the base of the chamber to ensure there is no further reinfection.

The final stage of a pulpotomy is to do one of two things: place a crown (if it’s a molar) or create a composite restoration (if it’s a visible tooth). This will protect the tooth as it strengthens and grows.