Nerve Treatments

Did you know every tooth contains vital tissues?

Inside every baby (deciduous) and permanent adult tooth is a central chamber containing connective tissue, a nerve supply, and blood vessels. These core tissues, known as the dental pulp, help the tooth grow and mature before it emerges into the mouth. Once a tooth erupts into place, the dental pulp provides nourishment, keeps the tooth vital, and alerts you of problems.

For pediatric teeth, “baby root canal” pulp treatment removes part of the infected nerve, and preserves the vitality of the tooth. Bio-compatible dental medication will be applied to the nerve space, and then a full-coverage crown will be placed to prevent bacteria from entering into the nerve space.

What is nerve treatment on a baby tooth?

While the phrase "nerve treatment" can sound daunting, the procedure is as routine as getting a filling. Gently performed under local anesthesia, the exposed or affected pulp tissue within the crown of the tooth (the visible portion of the tooth) gets carefully removed. Then a special medication is placed to disinfect the area and calm the remaining nerve tissue.

Restoring and maintaining the tooth

Following the completion of nerve treatment, a restoration gets placed. Our pediatric dentist will recommend the most suitable restoration depending on the amount of tooth structure remaining and how much time is left before the baby tooth is projected to fall out. A crown may offer maximum protection while optimally preserving the space, and restoring function.

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