Endodontic treatment involves the pulp of a tooth. The pulp contains the tooth’s nerve as well as blood vessels that give the tooth oxygen and nutrients. When the pulp is injured or infected, endodontic treatment is often done to try to save the tooth.
Your child may need endodontic treatment if he or she:
- Feels pain in a tooth at any time, for no apparent reason
- Has a tooth that is very sensitive to temperature changes
- Has a broken tooth with exposed pulp
For children with serious medical problems, any infection can be serious. If a tooth was damaged by infection, there is a small chance that it could become re-infected after root canal treatment. In this case, Dr. Mannella, Dr. Giancona and Dr. Russo would probably recommend that the tooth be removed. For generally healthy children, a root canal treatment is generally advised when removing the tooth might affect his or her ability to eat or speak properly, or the permanent tooth’s ability to come in properly.
Endodontic treatment can be done in adult (permanent) or baby (primary) teeth. Even though baby teeth eventually will fall out, Dr. Mannella, Dr. Giancona and Dr. Russo will recommend fixing them unless they are soon due to fall out. Restoring baby teeth is critical as they are vital for chewing and speaking while holding spaces for the permanent teeth that will replace them. If your child loses a baby tooth prematurely, neighboring teeth can move into the empty space, blocking the permanent tooth from coming in, or causing it to grow in crooked.