Manuel Castillo, DDS
Board Certified Pediatric Dentist

Our Services

Nerve Treatment (Pulpotomy/Pulpectomy)

Nerve Treatment (Pulpotomy/Pulpectomy)

Saving a decayed or injured tooth is important to a child’s speech development, chewing and alignment of permanent teeth. When pulp tissue —the nerves, tissue, and blood vessels in the core of a primary or permanent tooth— becomes diseased, some or all of the pulp may need to be removed. This procedure is known as children’s root canal therapy or pulp therapy.

  • Pulpotomy. If the disease has not gone into the root, the diseased pulp is removed and the remaining pulp is filled with an antibacterial agent.
  • Pulpectomy. When the pulp is diseased into the root canal, the entire pulp is removed and the roots are cleaned.

A stainless steel or natural-colored crown is placed on the treated tooth to provide structural support.

What causes cavities?

Certain types of bacteria live in our mouths. When these bacteria come into contact with sugary foods left behind on our teeth after eating, acids are produced. These acids attack the enamel on the exterior of the teeth, and eventually eat through the enamel to create holes in the teeth, which we call cavities.