When you think of a root canal, you most likely think of an intense procedure some adults must go through to salvage diseased teeth. You most likely do not think of this as being a procedure for a child. However, there may be times when your dentist recommends endodontic treatment for your child. Knowing what this entails, why it needs to be done, and how it will proceed can go a long way to setting your own mind at ease so that you can encourage your child before he or she goes through a baby root canal.
What is a Baby Root Canal?
A baby root canal, also known as a pulpotomy, is a procedure that is done on a non-permanent baby tooth. The procedure is used to clear the diseased pulp out of the inside of the tooth and replace it with new material. Because the nerve of the tooth runs through the pulp, it is important to do this procedure when required to avoid discomfort. In addition, blood vessels run nearby, and a root canal can stop the possible spread of infection through the body.
Why is this Procedure Done?
There are many reasons for this procedure to be done. If decay has happened in a baby tooth that should not be falling out for some time, it is important to keep the structure of the tooth healthy to prevent damage to surrounding teeth and even the adult teeth that are hidden beneath the gums. While you may not consider it very important to leave a baby tooth in place until it is supposed to fall out, missing baby teeth can lead to shifting of other teeth in the mouth. This can then lead to the inability of the adult teeth to come through as needed, and your child may need major orthodontic treatments in the future. In addition, this treatment may be necessary to stop any discomfort that your child may be experiencing.
What Happens During the Baby Root Canal?
Your child will first be made completely comfortable before the dentist will access the pulp of his or her diseased tooth. The dentist will remove some or all of the pulp depending on the extent of the disease, then proceeding to sterilize the area and seal it.
The choice to perform a baby root canal is one that requires many considerations. Understanding the benefits of this procedure can help you and your dentist together make a smart choice. Plus, your child will be kept as comfortable as possible at all times. If you have more questions about this procedure or are ready to schedule an appointment with one of our amazing providers, we warmly invite you to get in touch and make an appointment with Ashburn Children’s Dentistry! Here at our office in Ashburn, VA, our welcoming and experienced staff will be pleased to explain the benefits of this procedure in full and answer any questions you may have. Contact us today to set up your consultation today!