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What is it

A pulpectomy is a dental procedure where the Dentist removes the pulp (the inner soft tissue of the tooth) from the diseased tooth.

It is also known as a partial root canal treatment because it is the first half of a root canal procedure, and is commonly used in children's infected primary teeth.

The difference is when the tooth's canal(s) are filled, a resorbable material is most typically used because the primary teeth's roots are resorbed when the adult teeth arise.

When is it needed / Risks of not getting it done

A Dentist will advise the patient of a possible pulpectomy when the pulp is diseased to an extent that it cannot be treated with antibiotics.

The infected pulp results in an abscessed tooth (containing pus) and if left untreated can lead to facial, cranial, and cervical swelling. Bone infection and bone loss surrounding the tooth is likely to occur along with infection of adjacent bone and soft tissue.

A pulpectomy is most commonly applied to diseased primary teeth of children as the risk of tooth loss is greatly reduced. Jaw alignment complications occur when primary teeth are lost early.

How is it done

  1. First, the Dentist creates a small access whole on the tooths surface.
  2. Next, the Dentist removes the diseased nervous tissue, the infected pulp, and other decayed debris from the tooth's canal(s).
  3. Third, the tooth's canal(s) are sanitized with an antibacterial solution and then set up to receive the restorative material.
  4. Lastly, the pulp chamber of the tooth, the tooth's canal(s), and the surface access hole are filled and covered with a restorative material.
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