Root canal treatment for children? Is it really necessary, and how is it done?
These might be just some of the questions that may be running in your head when you read the title of this blog. So, without further adieu, let’s get into answering these questions.
A child starts to get their first teeth around six months of age. Since then, they have become prone to dental decay, infections and trauma. Such conditions can lead to immense pain and discomfort for the child. Moreover, if these conditions are remained untreated, they can lead to early tooth loss and even systemic manifestations like infections spreading to the other parts of the body.
We already understand the importance of baby teeth. They help with chewing and speech. In addition, milk teeth play a vital role in the growth of the jaws and the development of the face. It also guides the way future permanent teeth erupt in the oral cavity. Therefore, saving a baby’s tooth is essential until a permanent replacement erupts.
Let’s take a look at different baby teeth-saving procedures dentists’ perform.
Pulpotomy: In cases where the infection or the damage is limited to the top of the crown structure of the tooth, a pulpotomy is done. The tooth is opened with the help of dental drills, and the pulp is removed from the crown. Next, a layer of medicaments (usually calcium hydroxide) is placed to seal the root canal. The top portion is filled at a later date once the medicament helps with the formation of hard tissues.
Pulpectomy: Pulpectomy is similar to root canal treatment. The tooth is opened and cleaned from the crown to the root end. It is filled with medicaments such as calcium hydroxide to ensure healing and pain relief. These teeth naturally get exfoliated when the new teeth erupt.
So, if your child is suffering from a dental problem, make sure to consult a dentist near you in Delaware as soon as possible. If you have any more questions, please reach out to Southern Delaware Dental Specialists. Our team of excellent dental professionals is here to assist you.