At Chestermere Station Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Ethan Zuker and his team perform pulp treatments on both primary (baby) teeth and permanent teeth. The pulp of the teeth cannot be seen with the naked eye and is located in the center of each tooth. The pulp is comprised of nerve tissue and blood vessels and provides vital nutrients and oxygen to the teeth.
How Can the Pulp Be Damaged?
There are several ways in which the pulp of the teeth can be damaged, thus requiring pulp treatment. This is most commonly caused in children by tooth decay or traumatic injury, which can lead to painful pulp exposure and inflammation that needs treatment.
What are the Signs the Pulp has been Injured or Infected?
Since an inflamed or injured pulp is extremely painful, even if the source is not visible, it will become quickly apparent that your child needs to see a pediatric dentist.
Here are some signs to look for:
- Constant unexplained pain
- Nighttime pain
- Sensitivity to warm and cold food or liquids
- Swelling or redness around the affected tooth
- Unexpected looseness or tooth mobility
When should my child undergo a Pulp Treatment?
Since every child’s situation is unique, Dr. Ethan Zuker and his team will assess your child, their age, the position of the tooth, and the child’s general health before recommending to either extract the tooth or attempt to save it using a Pulp Treatment.
Removing teeth prematurely can have undesirable consequences:
- Arch length may shorten
- If a primary tooth is lost, permanent teeth may not have enough space to emerge
- Pre-molars and Canines may become impacted
- Remaining teeth may shift to fill the gap
- Opposing teeth may grow in protruding or at an undesirable angle
- Abnormal tongue posture
What is a Pulp Treatment?
Dr. Zuker and his team will perform a visual inspection and will use x-rays to examine the affected area. Depending on the amount of and location of the pulp damage, Dr. Zuker will determine the extent of the treatment required. The two primary treatment options are a pulpotomy and a pulpectomy.
Pulpotomy is the treatment of the crown portion of the pulp. Nerve tissue and blood vessels inside the tooth are removed leaving the unaffected root portion of the nerve intact.
Pulpectomy (or root canal therapy) is the complete removal of pulp tissue, leaving no residual tissue. This is necessary when the nerve tissue is entirely dead.
Call us at (587) 349-5858 to book your
Child’s Pulp Treatment consultation with us today!