Saving a decayed or injured tooth is important to a child’s speech development, esthetics, chewing and alignment of permanent teeth. When pulp tissue – the nerves, tissue, and blood vessels in the core of a primary or permanent tooth – becomes diseased, some or all of the pulp may need to be removed. This procedure is known as a “baby root canal” or pulp therapy.
- If the disease has not gone into the root, the diseased pulp is removed and the remaining pulp is filled with an antibacterial agent.
- When the pulp is diseased into the root canal, the entire pulp is removed and the roots are cleaned.
A stainless steel or natural-colored crown is placed on the treated tooth to provide structural support and prevent recurrent infections.
If the doctor determines that pulp therapy is the best treatment option for the affected tooth, Dr. Kris can perform the therapy in our office.