Baby Root Canal
What is a baby root canal?
A baby root canal is a procedure that is done to a primary (baby) tooth that has a large cavity extending to the nerve. This procedure is done to eliminate pain and sensitivity, and saves the tooth. Inside and below the hard structure of teeth and their roots is soft tissue known as pulp. It contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissues. During the procedure, inflamed or infected pulp is partially or fully removed. The empty space is then filled with a medicament, allowing the tooth to be saved.
Why might your child need a baby root canal?
Your child might need a baby root canal for various reasons. If their tooth has become severely damaged or broken, it could cause the inner pulp to become inflamed and making a baby root canal necessary. This procedure may also be necessary if your child’s tooth has a large cavity which has caused an infection inside the tooth. Once the pulp is removed, the pain and sensitivity that your child has been experiencing will be gone.
What makes your child a good candidate for baby root canal?
Does your child have a tooth with large decay broken or damaged tooth? Are they having strong tooth pain? It could be a sign of involvement of nerve tissue inside the tooth. A baby root canal will remove the affected nerve. Pain during eating food, brushing teeth or drinking hot or cold liquids could be a symptom of a cavity that needs to baby root canal.
What happens during the procedure for a baby root canal?
After giving your child the needed pain-numbing medication, Dr. Abraham will partially or completely remove the nerve area of the affected tooth. She will make sure the now empty space is thoroughly cleaned and filled with proper medicated material. The tooth will receive a crown to completely protect it and return it to full function.
If you would like to inquire more about the baby root canal procedure, please contact our pediatric dental office today in Carrollton, TX and one of our helpful staff members will be happy to assist you.