If a large cavity goes untreated, the harmful bacteria can damage the pulp, and this oftentimes results in a toothache.
So then what happens? How does this get fixed?
Well, if the inflammation and infection go untreated, it can lead to a painful abscess. So be sure to get evaluated and treated as soon as possible.
When the pulp of permanent or primary teeth get damaged or infected, root canal treatment or endodontic treatment is recommended. These procedures can potentially save the natural teeth.
The process of removing the infected, damaged pulp and placing the medicated filling is the actual "pulpotomy." Today, the term "pulpotomy" is oftentimes used to describe the entire process, which also includes the placement of medication in the pulp space.
When a pulpotomy is performed on baby teeth, it is sometimes referred to as a “baby tooth root canal,” even though it’s technically not a root canal treatment.
Dentists who perform a pulpotomy try to keep the canal pulp healthy and alive, which in turn, saves the natural tooth. Patients will receive a local anesthetic for this procedure to remain comfortable and pain free.