It could be necessary to take steps to preserve the integrity of your child's primary tooth if it has significant decay or has been harmed by trauma in order to stop the illness from spreading to neighboring teeth. Your dentist will be able to determine the extent of the infection and suggest a pulpotomy or pulpectomy after taking a set of X-rays.


If the infection is limited to the crown (top part) of the tooth, the dentist removes only the inflamed pulp tissue there. The healthy root and remaining tooth structure are preserved. The dentist then fills the space with dental cement and places a stainless steel crown to restore the tooth.


When the infection affects both the crown and the root of the tooth, a pulpectomy might be needed. Here, the dentist removes all the pulp tissue, cleans and disinfects the tooth thoroughly, and fills the empty space with dental cement. Just like with a pulpotomy, a stainless steel crown is placed on the tooth for protection.


Crowns are like tiny hats that fit over a damaged tooth. They fully cover the part of the tooth above the gum line, protecting and restoring its function. Stainless steel crowns are a strong and cost-effective option for baby teeth. They can be placed in just one visit and help the tooth last until the permanent tooth erupts. Remember, even crowned teeth need regular brushing and flossing!

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