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Why Does My Child Need a Baby Root Canal?
A baby root canal may sound scary, however, it is nothing to be afraid of. Modern-day dentistry has allowed for the evolution of gentler techniques and safer approaches, thus reducing the risk of complications and pain during the procedure.
Baby root canals, in particular, are done differently as they are performed in a pediatric dentistry setting, which focuses on a comforting approach to treatment. With all of that being said, it can be helpful for parents to understand when a baby root canal is actually needed. This gives them the opportunity to understand the process. Read on to learn more about baby root canals.
Scenarios in which a baby root canal is needed
Outlined below are a few scenarios in which a baby root canal is needed. This information can be useful to parents who want more information on why their child needs a root canal.
Cavities and infections
Baby root canals are most commonly needed when children have severe cavities or infections in their teeth. Just like with traditional root canals, baby ones aim to remove the infected pulp within a tooth. When a tooth is so severely infected that it reaches the pulp, simpler approaches like fillings or crowns are not enough to salvage the tooth. Instead, a baby root canal is needed. The root canal removes the infected areas, disinfects the interior of the tooth, and reseals it to restore its function.
Injuries or accidents
Pediatric dentists will also recommend a baby root canal when the child has undergone an injury or accident that puts a tooth at severe risk. A crack, chip, or break in a tooth can result in damage all the way down to the pulp of the tooth, which compromises the nerves. To address the damage, a baby root canal will be necessary. The pediatric dentist can remove any compromised pulp and clean out the interior to eliminate bacteria.
Other things to know
Because a baby root canal can cause discomfort, parents are often hesitant to move forward with this course of action, however, it is important to know that a pediatric dentist will only recommend the procedure when absolutely necessary.
Another important thing to know about baby root canals is that they are finished with dental crowns, just like with traditional root canals. However, with baby procedures, the pediatric dentist may not place a permanent crown, since the teeth will eventually fall out to be replaced by adult teeth. Instead, a composite resin baby crown may be placed to protect the tooth from future damage until it naturally falls out. If the child is near the age of baby-tooth loss then composite will likely be used; however, if the child is very young than a permanent crown may be placed.
Does your child need a baby root canal?
Parents that are looking for even more information on baby root canal procedures can reach out to our office today. Pediatric dentists can answer questions and go over any concerns that may be causing anxiety in the parents.
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