When preformed correctly, a vital pulpotomy can also alleviate sensitivity and pain in one's mouth. The type of tooth decay that a vital pulpotomy corrects can be extremely painful.
Before determining that this is the correct procedure to use, a dentist will take an X-ray in order to more closely examine the tooth's position and anatomy. The X-ray will also show if the root of the tooth is infected. The actual procedure itself required local anesthesia, although sedation may be used. Sedation is generally used for this procedure to calm nervous children or really young children who are not able to understand what is happening.
Vital pulpotomies are often preformed on children's primary teeth to avoid extracting a tooth with decay. Extracting a primary tooth can alter how the child's permanent teeth come in and can cause problems down the road for the child.