Root Canal Therapy
Each of your child's teeth contains a long, thin strand of dental pulp—which provides the tooth with nutrients (blood) and nerves—that extends down to the tooth’s root. If the pulp becomes infected or injured, the tooth’s nerves die and, often, without endodontic treatment, the tooth dies as well. A primary tooth root canal (called pulpotomy/pulpectomy) is designed to save such damaged teeth preserving them for chewing food and maintaining proper space for permanent teeth with the goal of maintaining your child's happy, healthy smile! Failure to provide the necessary root canal treatment could result in your child experiencing pain, infection, swelling or loss of the tooth.
During the procedure, a gap is drilled into the tooth’s crown and pulp chamber, diseased pulp is reshaped or removed, and the tooth is given medicament to restore and protect the remaining vital portion of your child's tooth. The tooth is then covered by a stainless steel crown to ensure it remains functional until it falls out and is replaced by its permanent/adult tooth successor.