Pulpectomy is a procedure to remove all the pulp from the crown and roots of a tooth.
Pulp is the soft inner material that contains connective tissue, blood vessels, and nerves.
Pulpectomy is usually performed in children to save a severely infected baby (primary) tooth, and is sometimes called a “baby root canal.” In permanent teeth, pulpectomy is the first part of the root canal procedure.
Pulpectomy vs. root canal
A pulpectomy is complete removal of pulp from the crown and roots. The tooth is then filled with material that can be reabsorbed by the body. It’s usually performed on baby teeth.
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A root canal starts with a pulpectomy, but the tooth gets a permanent filling or crown. It’s usually performed on permanent teeth.
Pulpectomy can be performed in one visit with these basic steps:
° X-rays are taken to look for signs of infection in surrounding areas and to get a look at the shape of the root canals
° A local anesthetic is used to numb the area
° A hole is drilled into the tooth...
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