When Are Baby Root Canals Necessary?
Baby root canals are necessary whenever an infection is so deep that it has reached the pulp of a tooth, which is the inner part composed of nerves and tissue. This often happens when there is severe tooth decay, but it can also happen if your child has experienced a dental injury. If your kid is experiencing tooth pain or sensitivity or you notice they have a chipped or cracked tooth, we recommend making a dental appointment.
How Do Root Canals on Baby Teeth Work?
Root canals on baby teeth can be separated into pulpotomies and pulpectomies. A pulpotomy is when the root is unaffected so we only remove the affected pulp. A pulpectomy is when both the pulp and the root canals have been affected, so the entire inner area needs to be cleaned out. In general, the procedure is the same where we make a tiny opening, remove the diseased tissue, and seal the tooth.
Baby Root Canal vs. Extraction
Many parents wonder why it’s important to save a baby tooth if it’s just going to fall out anyways. It’s because those baby teeth serve an important purpose! They essentially guide permanent teeth into their correct positions. If they fall out early, it can interfere with proper tooth development, cause malocclusion (a bad bite), and lead to speech problems. So when it comes to a baby root canal vs. an extraction, we think it’s always better to save a tooth and prevent additional dental issues.
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