Treatment for root canals on baby teeth is quite different from the procedure performed on adult or permanent teeth. The most important thing to know is that it is faster and less painless than adult root canals. So do not let any of your own past negative experiences prevent you from getting your child treated early.
When does your child need a root canal?
- Constant unexplained pain or nighttime pain
- Sensitivity to warm and cool food temperatures
- Swelling or redness around the affected tooth
- When there is extensive decay
- Unexpected looseness or mobility of the affected tooth
What does a root canal procedure on a child’s teeth involve?
Root canals for baby or primary teeth involve removing the infected area and capping it off to prevent bacteria. Here’s what a typical procedure involves:
- Completely numbing the affected area with anesthesia
- Removing the affected nerves/pulp chamber
- Cleaning and filling the root canal (varies from case to case)
- Placing a baby crown over it to protect the weakened tooth
The differences between child and adult root canals
- Children’s root canals are quick and need no special instruments
- Adult root canals are more technique sensitive
- Children’s root canals can be performed in a single sitting while adult procedures may take more than one visit.
- Adult teeth need to be covered with a crown; this may not be necessary for all children’s treatments
Watch this video to learn more about root canals for children and adults.
Root canals help save baby teeth and keep them there till they are ready to fall out. This is important as these primary teeth hold the space for permanent teeth and allow a child’s mouth to develop properly.