Children's Complete Checkup
What Is Nerve Treatment?
When a cavity gets really large and close to the nerve (or pulp), the nerve becomes inflamed. This condition is called pulpitits. Also called a pulpotomy, nerve treatment refers to the procedure we offer to address pulpitis and provide relief from its symptoms.
Our pediatric dentists will recommend that your child undergo a pulpotomy if our team discovers that your child has extensive decay that has affected the pulp inside the tooth. During nerve treatment, our doctor will remove the inflamed nerve. The area is then sterilized and the chamber is sealed. Our dentists will then repair your child’s tooth with a filling or crown as needed to restore the natural look and function of the affected tooth.
Does My Child Need A Pulpotomy?
If your child is experiencing dental pain, be sure to schedule an appointment right away. Our team will perform an exam to determine the cause of your child’s pain and plan for an appropriate treatment. Your child may need nerve treatment if they’re experiencing:
- Severe tooth pain
- Sensitivity to pressure
- Sensitivity to temperature
- Pain or swelling in the mouth or jaw
Does Nerve Treatment Hurt?
Your child may be nervous, but nerve treatment is nothing to fear! At Sweetpea Smiles, we are dedicated to provide gentle care to our young patients. We will do everything we can to reduce your child’s discomfort and make them feel calm and safe. For your child’s comfort, we offer the following sedation options for a pain-free dental care experience:
- Laughing gas
- Oral sedation
- IV sedation
Will My Child Need A Filling Or Crown?
Our team will repair and restore your child’s tooth after their procedure. Depending on your child’s treatment needs, we offer the following restorative devices:
Tooth-colored Dental Fillings
Composite resin fillings are bonded to teeth with adhesive. The tooth-colored material is cured with a special light and the surface is polished to match the tooth, making the restoration virtually undetectable to the eye and natural feeling in the mouth.
Traditional Stainless Steel & White Crowns
A crown covers or “caps” a tooth, hence the name “crown.” When a dental filling would not be sufficient to repair a cracked or broken tooth a crown is necessary to restore the tooth. We place both white and stainless steel (silver) crowns in our office.