Pulpotomy vs. Root Canal

Dental Technology, Oral Health

If you have a tooth with an infected nerve in it, having a root canal treatment performed by our Phoenix, AZ dentist can save your tooth and repair it. However, a root canal is a procedure that takes a bit more time and money to complete compared to a routine filling. If you’re strapped for change or your schedule is too busy right now, then having a pulpotomy done can give you the time you need to get your root canal done later. Doing a pulpotomy prior to root canal therapy is sometimes recommended when there is a significant amount of infection present in a tooth. 

What Is A Pulpotomy?

The inner part of each tooth has a cluster of nerves that are called the pulp chamber.  Extending from the pulp are individual nerve canals that run throughout each root of your tooth. 

During a pulpotomy, we make an opening in your tooth to gain access to the pulp.  Usually when we open up an infected tooth the inside will start oozing, which releases the pressure. Pressure within a tooth is what causes toothache pain. Simply having the pressure released will make you feel better, but we don’t stop there.

During the next step, our Phoenix root canal dentist will use special files that will remove a portion of the infected pulp.  Then after sterilizing the area, we place medication inside the pulp. To seal your tooth back up, we’ll place a temporary filling material onto your tooth.

What To Expect After A Pulpotomy?

After having a pulpotomy you can expect to feel pain relief rather quickly. However, it’s important that you know that having your tooth treated with a pulpotomy doesn’t cure the infection.  Neither does taking an antibiotic. The only way to get rid of the infection and save your tooth is to finish out your root canal. Though you may not feel any discomfort for months, the risk of recurring infection is imminent, so the sooner you get your root canal completed, the better. 

Since the filling in your tooth is only intended to be temporary, you will have to be careful with it.  Regularly keep a close eye on the filling to make sure that it remains intact. In addition to the filling being vulnerable, your tooth is as well.  Chances are that your tooth is decayed, meaning it was already weak, and now it’s even weaker. As such, you should be very careful and try to avoid chewing hard things, sticky things, or brushing too hard in that area of your mouth until you get a root canal and crown.. If you have any problems, be sure to let us know.

Pulpotomies In Phoenix, Arizona

If you have a tooth that’s been bothering you and want to see if a pulpotomy is a viable option, then call Central Valley Dentistry in Phoenix, Arizona. Don’t risk losing your tooth because you can’t have a root canal done right away.  Schedule your consultation today so we can discuss your treatment options.

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