If your child has sustained a dental injury, he or she may need pulp therapy for the affected teeth. This could be especially true if he or she has discomfort in the tooth without an obvious cause, is sensitive to temperature changes, or if the tooth is broken and the pulp is exposed. We would like to help you learn more about what this therapy is and what it can do to help save a tooth.
Although it may be most commonly performed in a child’s primary teeth, it could also be done to their permanent teeth or even, possibly, to an adult’s teeth with some success. Primary teeth, otherwise known as baby teeth, can play an important role in your child’s mouth as they save room for their permanent replacements. If your child loses a tooth too early, other teeth could move into the vacated space, forcing the permanent tooth to come in crooked or in a different position. Pulp therapy could present Dr. Adrienne Fang with an alternative to extracting an injured tooth by addressing the problem while leaving the tooth’s structure in place.
There are essentially two kinds of pulp therapy that can be done: vital and non-vital. In essence, vital pulp therapy tries to remove the damaged pulp and tissue from the pulp chamber, if needed, while still allowing the pulp to remain in the tooth’s root. Non-vital pulp therapy could also be called a root canal treatment where the pulp is removed from the crown and the root.
If you would like more information about pulp therapy in Valencia, California, or want to schedule an appointment at the dental office of Adrienne L. Fang, DDS, please contact us at 661-253-0588.