When your dentist tells you that your child needs a root canal..most parents have
one question ! Isn’t that tooth going to fall away in a few years? Then why go
through the hassle ?
Here it is prudent to understand about milk teeth and what role they play in a
Baby teeth usually begin falling between 6 to 12 years. They help in maintaining
proper spacing for permanent teeth. They aid in proper speech development too.
Each milk tooth is just a miniature version of the permanent tooth with a small
tissue right inside its core called the pulp.
When the infection in the tooth reaches the core of the tooth root canal treatment
is necessary to preserve the milk tooth.
During your visit to the dentist it is recommended to remain calm and relaxed
as a parent- as your child can sense your anxiety and get nervous as well.
Avoid using the term “injections” in front of your child- as we dentists use kid
friendly words to make them more relaxed.
Root Canal Treatment in Kids (Pulpectomy) generally causes very little discomfort.
At times we can also numb the treatment area
The infected tissue is removed, the canals are cleaned disinfected, shaped and
filled with an inert filling material. Now here lies the crucial difference between an
adult root canal and a kids root canal- the filling material that we use is
absorbable. This means that once its time for the tooth to fall, the root canal filling
dissolves along with the tooth root to make way for the permanent tooth. Once
the process is complete, we will generally provide you with post operative
instructions for care. This is followed by a preformed stainless steel crown on the
treated tooth .