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After preventive efforts to save your child’s tooth have failed, Dr. Shiva will recommend a pediatric root canal. We offer several sedation options to make the procedure as comfortable as possible for your child. We find that sedation is a good option for children who feel highly anxious or for those with special needs.
Understanding the Baby Root Canal Procedure
A root canal for children, also called a pulpectomy or pulpotomy, treats issues with the pulp of a tooth. Dental pulp is located inside of a tooth and extends from the top of the crown to the tip of the root. This soft tissue contains blood vessels, nerves, and connecting tissues that nourish the tooth as it matures.
Factors Determining the Need for a Baby Root Canal
An untreated cavity is the most common reason Dr. Shiva recommends a baby root canal. In this situation, the bacteria erode the tooth’s enamel, causing an infection within the pulp. Trauma to a tooth is another common reason. A blow to the mouth can prevent proper blood flow to the point where pulp tissue dies. Regardless of its cause, pus may accumulate around the tip of the root, causing a painful tooth abscess. Left untreated, an abscessed tooth can cause damage to the supporting bone, significant pain, and lasting damage.
The benefits of a baby root canal include:
- Ability to speak and chew properly
- Maintain space for the permanent tooth to come in
- Prevent bone damage and ongoing pain
- Maintain your child’s facial shape
What to Expect When Your Child Needs a Root Canal
Dr. Shiva first completes a digital dental X-ray to evaluate the pulp of a tooth. Before starting the procedure, she provides your child with local anesthesia to numb the tooth and the area surrounding it. You can choose a sedation dentistry option for your child at this time as well. Our dentist then removes the infected pulp and cleans the tooth from the inside. For the last step, she places a crown on the tooth that received a root canal to preserve it and protect it from further infection.