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How Does a Pulpotomy Differ From a Pulpectomy?

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If you are experiencing an extreme pain in your tooth, but you do not know or see any signs of cavities or decay, then it might be a pulp injury or a pulp infection. This kind of situation leads to excruciating pain, tooth sensitivity and swelling of your gums.

This dental problem focuses on the pulp of your tooth, which is located at the root or the center of your tooth that is made up of nerves, tissues, and blood vessels. This is why a pulp problem is so painful.

There are two dental procedures that can help save your tooth, which are the pulpotomy and pulpectomy, but, what is the difference?


Both of these dental procedures are forms of pulp therapy, but there is a slight difference.
Pulpotomy is a form of pulp therapy that is administered by dentists if the problem remains isolated on a particular part of pulp alone. This means that there are no decays and severe injuries present on the pulp root and other areas of the teeth.

Pulpotomy includes the removal of the affected pulp, which aims to treat and restore the affected tooth. To do this, a gap inside the tooth will be the result and this will be filled with a therapeutic material that will block any infection.

So, what is pulpectomy? The process is still the same. Drill, remove, and fill. However, a pulpectomy is required if the entire tooth pulp is already affected. Severe tooth decay and tooth injuries will not be restored and treated by the pulpotomy, which means that pulpectomy is already needed.


To determine what type of dental procedure you need, we will run some series of X rays to determine if the infection, injury, and decay is severe or mild. Once the problem is determined, the right pulp therapy will be given.

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