What is root canal therapy?

As some of the child’s teeth may already be permanent, one of our pediatric dentists may suggest that a crown be put into place to save a tooth which already has an infection, and root canal therapy is the procedure in preparation for the crown. It is a process where a tooth which has decay or infection beyond a filling but can still be saved.

What are symptoms that may indicate a child needs a root canal?

Some early signs that a root canal is necessary include pain in the tooth, sensitivity to temperatures, a chipped/cracked tooth showing the pulp.

How does a root canal for children differ from an adult root canal?

A root canal on a children is called “pulpotomy”, which is faster and easier for children since only the top layer needs to be removed. After it is removed, a crown is placed on top to help protect the weakened tooth to keep it safe until the new tooth erupts. After that, the baby tooth would fall out same way as any other baby tooth would, allowing the process to be as simple and natural as possible.

Are there any side effects or pain after the baby root canal?

During the procedure, the tooth and surrounding area will be numb to prevent pain. However the child will feel a bit of pressure during the procedure. Since the nerves in the baby tooth will be removed, there should be little to no pain but there may be a little bit of discomfort in the following 2 weeks. It is important to maintain proper hygiene (such as brushing and flossing) around the tooth following the root canal to prevent inflammation.