Pulpotomy & Pulpectomy
Both a pulpotomy and a pulpectomy treat the inner portion of a child’s tooth. They are similar but treat different severities of tooth damage.
The nerves, root canal system, and dental pulp of a tooth can become infected when the tooth enamel has been damaged by decay. A pulpotomy is also known as pulp therapy. It removes only the infected dental pulp from the crown of the tooth. The tooth is numbed and then gently opened so that all the decay can be removed. The tooth is then sealed with either a filling or crown.
During a pulpectomy, the entire pulp of the tooth is removed, including that in the root canals. The canals and crown are cleansed and medicated. If the tooth is a primary tooth, it is filled with a resorbable material and a final restoration is placed.