A root canal, or endodontic treatment, is a dental procedure for repairing or salvaging teeth damaged by bacterial dental decay. The process involves drilling an access hole and removing the soft center of the tooth, known as the pulp, before disinfecting the pulp cavity and sealing the access hole.
If you think your child may require a root canal treatment, don't hesitate to reach out to us at Little Smiles Pediatric Dentistry. Our team of experts, led by pediatric dentist Dr. Jonathon Konz, is here to provide the highest quality care and ensure that your child's dental needs are met. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and take the first step toward a healthy, pain-free smile for your child.
Root canals can be performed on baby teeth?
During the first consultation, Dr. Jonathon Konz will evaluate your child’s teeth to determine whether a root canal is appropriate for their situation. He’ll also take X-rays of your child’s teeth and gums to determine the extent of the bacterial infection. If your child gets the green light, Dr. Jonathon Konz will move to the next step.
Dr. Jonathon Konz will inject local anesthesia to numb the affected region before using a tiny drill to create a small opening on the top of the tooth. This opening provides access to the pulp cavity containing the pulp. Once removed, he’ll clean and disinfect the pulp cavity to prepare it for filling.
Dr. Jonathon Konz will then fill the pulp with gutta-percha (a rubber-like substance) and use dental cement to secure it. He’ll shape the adhesive material to mimic the shape of your child’s natural teeth or to create an appropriate surface for a dental crown.
For severely damaged teeth, Dr. Jonathon Konz will use a dental crown to restore them to their original shape and protect them from further damage. He’ll also schedule follow-up visits to check your child’s progress.
An anterior root canal is performed on one of the front teeth, specifically the incisors, and canines. These teeth typically have one or two roots, making the treatment faster and less complicated than posterior root canals.
Posterior root canals are performed in the back teeth, specifically the molars and premolars. These are more complicated since the affected teeth are located in the back of the mouth and contain multiple teeth.
Root canal treatment has been practiced for centuries.
Your child may need a root canal if one or more teeth in their jaws have severe dental decay. A root canal is also necessary if their teeth break or chip due to physical trauma or a dental abscess that puts them at risk of premature tooth loss.
You should recover completely from a root canal in no more than a week. The dentist will prescribe pain medication to manage pain and discomfort after the procedure. They’ll also advise you to get lots of rest to encourage healing. Visit your dentist if the pain persists for more than a week.
Getting a pulpotomy can save your child’s tooth from more invasive procedures, like an extraction.
Teeth that have had root canal treatments can last a lifetime.