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Information on Pulpectomy or Nerve Removal
Ever wondered how your tooth goes into decay and the different stages it has to go through? You probably haven’t because you are more concerned about how to get the pain out of the problem tooth. However, did you know that infected teeth go through a number of phases prior to completely decaying inside and out? It is often assumed pulling a decaying tooth is the only viable solution, but this is not entirely true. The last phase requires root canal treatment (i.e pulpectomy) after the tissue within the tooth cannot be salvaged. If it can be salvaged, a pulpectomy or pulpotomy is carried out by a dentist to restore the tooth back to full health. It is important to understand how this process works and its benefits.
How It Works
There are two approaches taken to an infected tooth. A dentist can either target a specific area of the tooth and extract tissue in that region; or remove the nerve entirely (pulpectomy). Upon assessment, a decision is made as to what approach is best for the patient and their case.
How does the procedure work?
The dentist and their team will focus on pinpointing the area of damage within an infected tooth. The 'pulp' is located deep within a tooth under the enamel and can become abscessed after a while. There are a number of reasons as to why this can occur including poor oral hygiene.
The dentist pinpoints the infected pulp and begins to determine whether all of it is abscessed or certain regions. The 'pulp' is spread within the entire tooth and there are many cases where only a chunk of it is infected.
When all of it is abscessed, the dentist will determine if the only solution is a pulpectomy. The goal of the process will be to locate the pulp and remove the nerve present inside entirely. This will eradicate the pain and ensure the patient is able to salvage the tooth instead of having an artificial replacement put in.
What are some of the key benefits associated with this process? Why are patients expected to go with a pulpectomy when their teeth are decaying?
The first benefit is to maintain your natural teeth. It is critical to avoid having artificial teeth put in place, despite the quality of the materials being used in this day and age. Natural teeth are always the best way forward and salvaging them is always preferred.
Pulpectomy nerve removal ensures one's natural teeth are saved and can be restored to full health as they were prior to being damaged.
For children, this treatment ensures the primary teeth are not going to cause issues and will easily move aside for adult teeth to come in. A crown is generally put in place with children to ensure the adult teeth grow as required.
It is essential for patients with teeth having gone through trauma (i.e. getting hit with a ball in the teeth) to have a diagnosis done as soon as possible. This can be another reason where the procedure becomes a must to save the exposed tooth.
A well trained dentist is able to pinpoint the right time to use this procedure to aid the patient in their oral recovery