A pulpotomy is the surgical removal of irritated, inflamed nerve tissue (also called pulp) from within the crown portion of a primary (baby) tooth. The healthy root canals are left intact.

When decay in your child's tooth penetrates the enamel, and then the next layer - the dentin - it quickly approaches the innermost part of the tooth, the pulp. At this point, when the decay is close to or has barely penetrated the pulp, the nerve is still alive, but it is compromised. If left untreated, the decay will penetrate and spread throughout the nerve tissue in the pulp, which will lead to discomfort.

your child, we thoroughly numb the affected area.

mouth and keep it dry. A rubber dam also protects like a safety net, preventing debris from falling to the back of your child's throat.

the tooth down into the pulp chamber, and thoroughly clean out the nerve tissue.

Discomfort after the procedure is unlikely. However, if your child does experience some pain, a children's pain reliever should be given, following label directions.

A pulpotomy is a relatively quick and painless procedure that's extremely effective in eliminating infection in the nerve and saving your child's tooth.