Wondering whether your child needs to undergo baby root canal therapy? Pediatric dentists are dental specialists for children, making it so many parents are choosing to take their child to a pediatric dentist to provide their child with any necessary dental services. Parents can ask this dental professional any questions they have that pertain to…
What is a Baby Root Canal?
A Pulpectomy also known as a "baby root canal" is a technique sensitive procedure, it is necessary in situations where bacterial invasion into pulp tissue of the baby tooth has caused an irreversible deterioration of pulp's tissue health. Completing a baby root canal can help save a baby tooth which would have otherwise been extracted.
An overview of a baby root canal
Many dentists will use other treatment options such as a dental filling when possible to treat tooth decay, but there are times when a filling is not enough and a baby root canal is needed. The following is an overview of what a baby root canal is and when children may need to have one performed.
Baby root canal defined
A baby root canal is a dental procedure designed to remove infected pulp inside of a primary tooth. A tooth's pulp is located in the tooth's pulp chamber which contains blood vessels and nerves. Using an egg as an analogy for a tooth, the pulp chamber is the egg's yolk, the center of the tooth with all the life vessels of the tooth.
When a baby root canal is necessary
A baby root canal is most commonly performed when there is bacterial invasion into the pulp of the tooth which can lead into an abscess, a localized collection of bacterial and white blood cells.
The baby root canal process
A root canal involves accessing the dental pulp, removing the infected tissue, cleaning the area and filling it with a healthy substitute. While this may seem simple, it is more complex than a dental filling and should be performed by an experienced dentist. After the root canal is complete, the dentist will place a permanent crown to complete the restoration.
How to prepare my child for treatment
Children may experience dental anxiety before a baby root canal as they do not know what to expect. Parents can help them by explaining the process in a gentle manner and keeping a positive attitude on the day of the visit. Also, be sure to reward them for being very brave and making it through the treatment process to help them view visiting the dentist in a more positive manner.
Reach out today for more baby root canal information
Symptoms of an infected tooth, dental abscess or severe cavity should be addressed by a dentist who may recommend a baby root canal. To learn more or to get started with an evaluation, get in touch with us today.
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