Pulpectomy



What Is A Pulpectomy?
Inside every tooth, in every person, is a material known as pulp. While the enamel and dentin on the outer layers of the teeth are tough and lifeless, the pulp inside is soft, living and very sensitive. When the outer layers of the tooth are damaged, it is possible for the pulp inside to become infected. In some cases, the best option for saving the tooth is a procedure known as a pulpectomy.

What Happens During Treatment?
The simplest explanation of the procedure is that it removes infected or diseased pulp from the tooth. The goal of the treatment is save the tooth so that it doesn't have to be pulled. A pulpectomy is similar to a root canal, and is actually typically a part of the root canal process. After a dentist or endodontist removes the damaged pulp from the tooth, the area inside the tooth is disinfected and then filled with an inert material.