Pulp Therapy

When the nerve attached to a baby tooth is severely damaged, by either decay or some other type of trauma, the nerve can die. One of two treatments can be performed to save the tooth:

With a Pulpotomy, only the damaged part of the nerve is removed; usually the part that exists within the crown of the tooth. 

With a Pulpectomy, the entire damaged nerve is removed from the tooth.

In both cases, the affected area of the nerve is treated, paving the way for a healthy permanent tooth to take the place of the damaged baby tooth. Without treatment, the baby tooth may become infected and will then need to be extracted. Infection can also affect the developing adult tooth below the baby tooth.