Pulpal therapy, also known as a root canal for children, is a pediatric dental treatment used to treat and preserve a child’s natural tooth that has been affected by an injury or tooth decay. The pulp is soft tissue located inside the teeth. When a tooth becomes damaged or decayed, the pulp may be exposed to bacteria, causing infection and pain. Rather than extract the tooth entirely, our dentists can perform a root canal for kids in Reno to remove the infected pulp and replace it with a filler that prevents bacteria from further damaging the tooth.
Does My Child Need Pulpal Therapy?
Only your child’s pediatric dentist can diagnose a diseased tooth. However, an infected pulp may cause certain symptoms in a child, such as a chronic or a frequent toothache, swelling and sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures.
Pediatric dentists use pulp therapy to treat both primary and permanent teeth. Saving the ‘baby teeth’ is important for the long-term oral health of a child. When a primary tooth is extracted prematurely, the neighboring teeth may become crowded and future permanent teeth may emerge with poor alignment. Pulp therapy helps ensure an infected primary tooth remains intact until it naturally falls out.
The Pulpal Therapy Procedure
To undergo a root canal for children in Reno, your child may be sedated. 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.
Contact Tooth Fairy Pediatric Dental Today
Though pulpal therapy, or 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.
If you think that your child may need a root canal for children in Reno, contact Tooth Fairy Pediatric Dental at 775-800-4117. Our staff will be happy to help set up an appointment for your child.