Baby teeth are important for chewing and speaking. They also hold spaces for the permanent teeth that replace them. That’s why when they get damaged or experience decay, we do everything we can to keep them in place. When the pulp of a tooth gets damaged, injured, or infected, endodontic treatment is often performed to save the tooth. More commonly known as a root canal, there are several different options that can available, depending on the damage to the tooth.
Before families feel nervous about root canals, they should keep in mind that a root canal is one of the most common dental procedures performed, well over 14 million every year. This simple treatment can save your child’s natural teeth and can prevent the need for dental implants, bridges, or other procedures.
At the center of every tooth is pulp. This pulp is a collection of blood vessels that helps to build the surrounding material that forms the tooth. Infection of the pulp can be caused by trauma to the tooth, deep decay, cracks and chips, or repeated dental procedures. Symptoms of the infection can be identified as visible injury or swelling of the tooth, sensitivity to temperature or pain in the tooth and gums.
If your child has any of these problems, non-surgical treatment is likely the best option to eliminate the diseased pulp inside the tooth and get rid of the pain. We would remove this injured pulp and then thoroughly clean and seal the root canal system. This type of therapy usually involves local anesthesia and may be completed in one or more visits depending on the treatment required. Success for this type of treatment occurs in a very large majority of those who undergo a root canal.
If your child’s tooth does not take to the endodontic treatment or if we see that the chance of success in the operation is low for some reason, we’ll tell you the moment that the determination comes to light. We use local anesthesia to eliminate discomfort during our root canals and, we will provide nitrous oxide in some situations. In almost all of these procedures, the patient can even return to school or other normal activities the day of treatment. Occasionally, though, we might end up recommending a full day of rest.
When your child’s root-canal therapy has been completed, you should immediately set up a follow-up appointment for them for within a few weeks at All About Kids Dental. We’ll decide at that point what, if any further procedures are necessary to keep the tooth safe. Still, It’s particularly rare for patients to experience complications after most routine endodontic treatments or microsurgeries. If a problem does occur, however, we are available at all times to respond. To prevent further decay, we strongly urge you to encourage good dental hygiene practices for your child.
The cost associated with this procedure can vary depending on factors such as the severity of damage to the affected tooth and which tooth is affected. In general, endodontic treatment is much less expensive than tooth removal and replacement with an artificial tooth.