Yes! Kids can have root canal therapy. The procedure can be different from that done on adult teeth, but the ultimate goal is the same: save the tooth!
Endodontic therapy focuses on treating problems inside teeth such as abscess, decay, and damage to the pulp. In a child, it’s usually in the form of a pulpotomy or pulp cap, rather than a traditional root canal.
Why Kids Need “Root Canals”
Just like adults, children can suffer from painful toothaches. If a child’s tooth isn’t treated, it can cause them to lose sleep, have difficulty concentrating in school, and avoid eating healthy foods.
Getting a root canal will alleviate the child’s pain and let them keep their tooth. Even baby teeth play an important role in nutrition and maintaining tooth alignment.
Are Root Canals Safe for Kids?
Endodontic therapy is safe for children. The dentist will make sure that a child has plenty of numbing to stay comfortable. If necessary, kids can also have laughing gas or some other kind of sedation to help them feel calm.
Root Canals for Kids
What kind of endodontic therapy a child needs depends on things like:
The dentist will decide on which procedure to recommend after evaluating these factors.
Some endodontic procedures focus on just treating the pulp of the tooth and encouraging healing. Others involve removing only half of the pulp and leaving the roots alone if they’re still developing. Lastly, there is a traditional root canal in which the dentist removes all of the pulp from the tooth and caps it with a crown.
Talk with your child’s dentist about other endodontic treatment options.
Posted on behalf of:
Springfield Lorton Dental Group
5419-C Backlick Rd
Springfield, VA 22151
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