If tooth decay is not treated quickly enough, it can penetrate the protective enamel layer of the tooth and enter the pulp of the tooth. Dental pulp contains the nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues. Baby teeth, which are also called primary teeth, have a somewhat large pulp chamber in comparison to the thickness of the enamel. Because of this, it is common for cavities to reach the dental pulp. If this occurs, the child will have a toothache and the tooth can die if it is not treated by Dr. Burt and Dr. Allen quickly. During a pulpotomy, our dentists will drill a hole in the tooth’s enamel and remove the infected portion of the pulp. Once the diseased pulp is removed, a dental crown is placed over the hole to protect the remaining pulp.