Many parents think that baby tooth root canals (endodontic treatment) are over-the-top, but it’s actually a routine procedure that we perform in our office to save a patient’s smile. Our pediatric dentist may recommend a root canal if your child has a damaged tooth caused by decay. In this procedure, the infected pulp (nerve) inside the tooth is removed and replaced to prevent the further spread of tooth decay and restore function to the tooth.
Infection inside the tooth (specifically in the nerve) can cause permanent damage if not treated promptly. Take your child to a pediatric dentist if he or she shows symptoms such as:
- Tooth sensitivity
- Sharp pain in the teeth
- Tooth with exposed root
Even in younger children with primary teeth, a root canal may be necessary, unless the tooth is about to fall out. A tooth with an infected pulp that does not receive root canal treatment can cause problems when their permanent teeth erupt.
Restoring baby teeth is critical as they are vital for speaking and chewing, maintain your child’s smile and hold the spaces for the permanent teeth. If your child’s primary (baby) teeth are lost prematurely, the teeth on both sides will move closer to the space, causing the permanent teeth to be misaligned or even blocked. Your child’s permanent teeth will eventually be crowded, crooked or both.
Don’t allow your child to suffer the long-term ill-effects of tooth decay. Schedule an appointment with one of our pediatric dentists to find out if your child may need a root canal.