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A pulpotomy is a nerve treatment done for baby teeth when the tooth decay has grown into the nerve.  Part of the nerve is removed to clean bacteria out, a medication is placed on the nerve, and a stainless steel crown is placed over the tooth to seal bacteria out of the nerve chamber.  This is an excellent way to save a baby tooth that has a large cavity.  

It can be important to save a baby tooth so it can act as a space holder for the permanent tooth.  Otherwise, the baby teeth could become crowded without preventive orthodontic treatment.

An alternative treatment to a pulpotomy is to extract (remove) the baby tooth, and place a space maintainer.