smiling pediatric patient before pulp therapy

Pediatric Dentist in Tyler

Pulp therapy treats the center, or pulp, of a tooth that is inflamed, infected, or dead. The pulp is a soft substance consisting of nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue.

Symptoms of infection include visible injury or swelling, sensitivity to temperature, or pain in the tooth and gums. If your child experiences any of these symptoms, contact Tyler Pediatric Dentistry for a consultation.

Pulp therapy involves removing the pulp from the tooth chamber and canals. We then clean the canals with a disinfecting solution. During your child’s pulp therapy, we provide local anesthesia or sedation to ensure their complete comfort.

After treatment, we may place a temporary filling to protect your child’s tooth until their restoration is complete. Your child’s tooth may feel sensitive for the first few days. This discomfort may be relieved with over-the-counter or prescribed pain medications, as directed. Avoid chewing on the treated tooth until you have your full restoration. If a problem occurs, contact Tyler Pediatric Dentistry.

Pulp therapy can help preserve your child’s tooth for daily function. Contact our office today for a consultation with Dr. Ritchie.