Crown And Pulp Therapy

Crown And Pulp Therapy
Crowns and pulp therapy are increasing in popularity in the world of pediatric dental care. Dr. Julie Cernigliaro and Dr. Sarah Kim provide pulp therapy and restorations to children in the New York, New York, area. They treat children with tooth decay, cavities, and even tooth loss. Call or book online to visit the Happy Smile Pediatric Dentistry team at their Midtown, New York, New York, office.

Crown and Pulp Therapy Q & A

Happy Smile Pediatric Dentistry

What is pulp therapy?

Pulp therapy is the treatment necessary when decay or infection affects the nerve of a baby tooth. Pulp therapy is also called nerve treatment or a children’s root canal, and it’s for children who still have baby teeth.

To save the tooth, Dr. Cernigliaro or Dr. Kim removes the pulp, which is the living tissue inside the tooth, along with bacteria, decay, and damaged nerves. Next, they place an agent to calm remaining nerve tissue and prevent bacterial growth and fill the space with a resorbable material.

A final restoration is usually the next step if the tooth is completely lost. If the tooth remains, it’s filled with a non-resorbing material. Pulp therapy is widely successful, so total replacement is rare.

Why would my child need pulp therapy?

Dr. Cernigliaro or Dr. Kim may recommend pulp therapy for the following reasons:

  • If a trauma or injury has occurred to the tooth
  • If tooth decay has reached your child’s tooth pulp
  • If an infection or abscess has developed inside the tooth or at the tip of the tooth root

Specific symptoms could be related to a dental health complication, and you should visit the Happy Smile Pediatric Dentistry team if your child experiences any of the following:

  • Severe toothache pain
  • Swelling and tenderness
  • Sensitivity to temperatures

Also, keep in mind that sometimes no symptoms are present.

What is a dental crown?

A dental crown is an artificial cap that goes over a damaged tooth. The crown blends in with your child’s natural teeth by design. It’s securely cemented onto a tooth that’s weak, broken, or cracked, to help with functionality and appearance.

Crowns serve a variety of purposes, including:

  • To support large fillings
  • To cover discolored teeth
  • To reshape and resize deformed teeth

Crowns are custom created to fit the tooth comfortably.
If you have concerns or questions about your child’s dental health, don’t hesitate to reach out to the Happy Smile Pediatric Dentistry team, who are readily available to answer your questions. Call or book online.

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