When your child is suffering from tooth pain, you need to bring them to our pediatric dentist office as soon as possible. Toothaches can be extremely painful and usually occur when there is a deeper issue at hand. Our highly trained healthcare professionals can diagnose your child’s tooth pain and come up with a treatment plan that works for you and relieves your child’s pain. Problems your child may experience when they are complaining of tooth pain, may require a baby root canal. You will have to bring your kid in for a thorough examination and our dentist at Kids Dental Now will make the final diagnosis before performing treatment.
What Is A Baby Root Canal?
A baby root canal is a treatment that is used to save a decaying tooth or repair a tooth that has been severely infected. If your child is experiencing irritated, inflamed, or infected gums, there may be some decay. During the procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. Although it can be frightening for your child to have to undergo a root canal, our pediatric dentist urges you to obtain treatment right away because without proper treatment, the tissue that is surrounding the tooth will become infected and abscesses may form. When a tooth’s nerve tissue or pulp is damaged, it will break down which will allow for bacteria to build up in the pulp chamber. The bacteria and other debris can cause an abscessed tooth which is a pus-filled pocket that forms at the end of the roots of your child’s tooth. Aside from this pus-filled pocket, an infection in the root canal can cause:
- Swelling that may spread to your face, neck, or head
- Bone loss around the tip of the root
- Drainage problems extending outward from the root.
A root canal requires one or more office visits and can be performed by our trusted pediatric dentist at Kids Dental Now. The first step is to take an X-Ray to see the shape of the root canals and determine if there is any infection in the surrounding bone. Your child will be put under a local anesthetic in order to numb the tooth for the procedure.
What Is The Recovery Time?
For the first few days after the procedure, the tooth is likely to feel sensitive due to the natural tissue inflammation, especially if there was pain or infection prior to the procedure. This discomfort can be controlled by OTC medication such as Advil or Aleve. Most patients are able to return to their normal activities the next day but because your child’s teeth are so young and already sensitive to begin with, your child will probably feel pain for a couple of days.
When your child is experiencing tooth pain, they may have infection or inflammation within the root of the tooth. Bring your child into Kids Dental Now to have one of our highly certified pediatric dentists examine their teeth and decide what treatment option is best. To find out if your child has a baby root canal, make an appointment today at 954-951-3001 or visit our website! www.kidsdentalnow.com