When it comes to the health of your child's teeth, it's important to know that a baby root canal may be necessary to save a tooth if it's infected or damaged. While the procedure can cause anxiety for parents, pediatric dentists wouldn't recommend it unless absolutely necessary. The only way to determine if children need root canals on their baby teeth is to see a dentist. At Innovative Pediatric Dentistry, we use advanced diagnostics to get a clear and comfortable view of the inside of your child's tooth and determine the best treatment. However, there are certain symptoms that may indicate that a baby tooth needs a root canal or a pulpotomy.
These include throbbing and unprovoked pain, sensitivity to cold and heat that persists after a child finishes eating or drinking, a tooth that darkens, severe pain when eating or pressing on the tooth, or a small bump in the gums near the tooth that looks like a pimple. The purpose of endodontics for babies is to maintain the integrity and health of a baby tooth and the gum and bone tissue that support it. It's an important part of preventing infections and maintaining the health of developing permanent teeth. Endodontic treatments are generally performed on a tooth that has been infected. This is usually the result of tooth decay that has penetrated the pulp chamber.
No, the endodontic procedure can be performed at any age. Also in children, baby teeth sometimes need endodontic treatment, and in children, it is performed by a pedodontist, who is a children's dental specialist. If you think your child's tooth is infected, you should contact the dental office to schedule an appointment with the pediatric dentist.