Nerve Treatment For Children
Nerve treatment — also known as pulpotomy — is a procedure done when a very deep sugar bug (cavity) extends all the way into a tooth’s nerve. Learn more about pediatric dental nerve treatment with Milestone Kids Dentistry and schedule an appointment now!
What is Nerve Treatment?
When a sugar bug lives too near to a nerve, it can become irritated and create uncomfortable feelings. Pulpotomies are recommended for these sugar bugs. Without nerve treatment, it may actually cause more discomfort because these steps alone won’t heal a nerve. Treating the nerve helps avoid the problem getting worse or developing an abscess.
However, relief may not be as simple as removing the sugar bug. If the nerve has become exposed due to evicting the sugar bug, then your child may need extra coverage in that area. A filling or crown will be used in these circumstances.
Removing or extracting baby teeth can lead to trouble spots that occur from loss of space. That’s why we will try to restore your child’s teeth and preserve their smile. Schedule your appointment now!
Benefits of Nerve Treatment for Children
Nerve treatment can help when a nerve has experienced prolonged tenderness and isn’t responding to other treatments. Because losing baby teeth too early may cause the adult teeth to be crowded or crooked, nerve treatment can help set your child up for a tip-top smile.
Benefits of nerve treatment include:
- Relief from symptoms
- Preservation of nerves
- Avoiding future teeth spacing issues
- Keeping your child’s smile beautiful
While preventative measures like dental sealants can help stop sugar bugs from developing, procedures like nerve treatment can help when the one has already grown too big.
What is a Nerve Treatment Process Like?
It’s normal for big words like “pulpotomy” or “nerve treatment” to give kids and parents the heebie-jeebies. We understand your feelings and will make your visit a comfortable and positive experience.
During the pulpotomy, the dentist will remove any trouble spots in the tooth and test the tooth’s nerve. If necessary, they may remove a portion of the nerve.
If the remaining nerve is still intact, we administer medicine and cover the area with a crown. The use of pediatric sedation helps kids (even ones with big feelings) have a smooth and peaceful visit.
After that, your child will be good to go. At a later appointment, we’ll check-in and see how well the tooth is holding up.
Get Nerve Treatment From a Board-Certified Pediatric Dentist
We know it can be difficult when your child’s smile needs help. That’s why Milestone Kids Dentistry creates a fun and judgment-free environment for children and adults alike.