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A pulpotomy, also known as a partial pulpectomy, is a dental procedure that involves the removal of the infected or damaged pulp (the inner tissue) from the crown (the visible part) of a tooth. The pulp contains nerves, blood vessels, and other tissues that help to nourish and support the tooth.

Pulpotomies are typically performed on primary (baby) teeth that have deep cavities or injuries, and are not recommended for permanent (adult) teeth. The goal of the procedure is to remove the infected or damaged tissue and preserve the healthy part of the tooth, while also relieving pain and preventing further damage.

The process of a pulpotomy involves the following steps:

  1. Local anesthesia is used to numb the tooth and surrounding area.
  2. The dentist removes the infected or damaged tissue from the crown of the tooth.
  3. The empty pulp chamber is then filled with a medicated material, such as calcium hydroxide, to help kill any remaining bacteria and promote healing.
  4. A temporary filling is placed over the pulp chamber to protect it.
  5. The tooth is then restored with a permanent filling or crown.

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