Pulp Therapy – Castle Rock, CO
Saving Teeth Damaged By Decay
Is your child experiencing pain caused by decay that has spread to the inner part of their tooth? When bacteria and decay reach the nerve or “pulp,” it can cause extreme discomfort and inflammation. This is why Castle Rock Smiles offers pulp treatment to address the problem and save the tooth. Children are often more prone to cavities and tooth decay because of their lack of being diligent in practicing good oral habits. However, our team of experts can use pulp therapy to treat and restore the affected tooth before it’s too late. To find out more about this type of therapy, or to have your child be seen by one of our dental professionals, contact us to schedule an appointment.
What is Pulp?
The pulp is located in the center portion of your tooth. Comprised of various nerves, tissue, and blood vessels, it can be extremely painful if damaged by decay. Although adults are just as susceptible to tooth decay, it appears in children more often because of their usual lack of brushing and/or flossing. Additionally, our children are always running and playing, making it more likely for them to experience injury to their teeth, which can also affect the pulp of a tooth.
What Are Some Signs of Bad Pulp?
Although pulp cannot be seen, and you or your child may not know immediately if damage has occurred, within a short amount of time, it will be quite evident that your child needs to see a pediatric dentist. At Castle Rock Smiles, we tell our patients to look for the following when determining if a pulp injury has occurred:
- Unexplained pain that remains constant
- Pain that occurs throughout the night
- Sensitivity to warm or cold temperature (food or beverages)
- Unexpected loosening of the tooth
- Swelling around the affected tooth or redness appearing
How is it Treated Through a Pulpotomy in Children?
When treating an inflamed nerve caused by decay, there are essentially two approaches we can take: an indirect pulp cap or a pulpotomy. Our office performs a pulpotomy to save the tooth and get your child the relief they need from the pain.
Essentially, every child’s dental needs are different. In all cases, Dr. Benzley will try to save the tooth from extraction. This is because missing or extracted teeth in children can result in unfortunate consequences, including:
- Remaining teeth might shift to fill in the gap area.
- If a primary tooth is lost, their permanent tooth may not have enough space to emerge.
- Their premolars might become impacted and cause extreme pain.
This is why it’s always best to have our pediatric dentist examine your child’s affected tooth and determine if pulp therapy will be the best course of action.
During a pulpotomy, Dr. Benzley will remove all or part of the pulp (nerve) of the tooth above the portion where the nerve extends into the root of the tooth. Then, he will apply medication to the lower part of the pulp chamber, allowing the nerve to maintain its vitality and prevent further infection. He’ll go on to fill the tooth and if necessary, place a crown to protect and strengthen the tooth’s structure.