Due to the bacterial involvement of the pulp (nerve) chamber of your child's decayed tooth, it was necessary to surgically remove the nerve in the pulp chamber of the tooth. On the same visit, a medicated sealer is placed in the pulp chamber of the tooth and the opening filled with a permanent filling or covered with a crown. When the local anesthesia has worn off, your child may complain of pain. If this is not relieved within an hour by some Tylenol, please contact the office.
The success of a pulpotomy depends on the severity of the infection and the body's reaction to the infection and subsequent treatment. If the pulpotomy is not performed, or fails and the tooth abscesses, it must be extracted and a space maintainer is placed to hold the space for its permanent successor, if possible.
A tooth may abscess with or without pain, therefore, it is recommended that regular six month checkups be made in order to keep the teeth under constant observation.