Pulpal therapy is also known as a root canal. It’s a dental treatment used to treat and preserve a natural tooth that has been affected by an injury or tooth decay. Toothfairy Pediatric Dental can provide a root canal in children to ease pain and discomfort and prevent future problems in their oral health.
When a tooth becomes damaged or decayed, the pulp, or soft tissue inside the tooth, may be exposed to bacteria, causing infection and pain. Rather than extract the tooth entirely, our dentists perform a pediatric root canal to remove the infected pulp and replace it with a filler that prevents bacteria from further damaging the tooth.
Does My Child Need a Pediatric Root Canal?
Only your child’s pediatric dentist can diagnose a diseased tooth. However, infected pulp may cause certain symptoms in a child, such as a chronic or frequent toothache or swelling and sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures.
Pediatric dentists use root canals in children to treat both primary (baby teeth) and permanent teeth. Saving primary teeth is important for the long-term oral health of a child. If a primary tooth is removed too early in the developmental process, future permanent teeth may develop with incorrect alignment, increasing the possibility of braces or aligners in the future.
A root canal for kids helps ensure an infected primary tooth remains intact until it naturally falls out.
The Pupal Therapy Procedure
To undergo a root canal in children, our doctor will likely use sedation dentistry for your child. Initially, the treatment site will be numbed to prevent patient discomfort. The diseased pulp is carefully removed, whether in part or in whole. The canals inside the tooth are cleaned and filled with a therapeutic material. Finally, the tooth is capped with a dental crown to protect it and provide a discreet appearance.
Though a root canal for kids does affect the appearance of the natural teeth, it is not noticeable when capped with a dental crown. Reno pediatric dentists use dental crowns to cap treated teeth not only for cosmetic purposes but also to help prevent future tooth damage or fracture.
What causes the need for root canals?
Root canals are most often caused by an untreated cavity. When a cavity forms, if it goes untreated, it can continue expanding and reach the sensitive pulp of the tooth. The resulting pain or sensitivity often indicates the need for a root canal, though your dentist will confirm with a diagnosis.
Does getting a root canal hurt?
Modern root canal treatments are done with very little pain or discomfort. We carefully administer anesthetic or gentle sedation to help prevent your child from feeling pain, and to keep them relaxed.
How should my child maintain their crown?
Proper oral hygiene is essential to maintaining a crown. Make sure your child brushes twice per day for the full two minutes with fluoride toothpaste, and that they floss between their teeth once per day. Mouthwash may also be used.
Are crowns noticeable?
The composite resin material that children’s crowns are often made from are tooth-colored, and closely matched to the color of your child’s teeth. If your child’s adult teeth are in need of a crown, you may also consider a porcelain crown that does an even better job of matching the translucent look of natural teeth.
Are root canals covered by my insurance?
Contact Toothfairy Pediatric Dental Today
Toothfairy Pediatric Dental is well-equipped to handle all of your child’s oral care needs, whether they need a pediatric root canal or not. Our office also provides orthodontic care, composite fillings, and special needs dentistry.
Our team will be happy to help set up an appointment for a children’s root canal. Don’t forget that our offices accept most forms of dental insurance, including Medicaid. Whatever your child’s oral care needs, let Toothfairy Pediatric Dental help! Your child will be well-cared for by the caring and compassionate staff at all six locations of Toothfairy Pediatric Dental.
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