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Root Canals and Children

February 24, 2015
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Posted By: Dr. Natasha

When it comes to dentistry and teeth, there are two words that strikes fear in the hearts of everyone: root canals. Popular opinion is that these procedures are painful, irritating, and something that only adults have to deal with. The truth is that root canals are a serious procedure, but an important one in maintaining good dental health overall—and they can be necessary for anyone.

When Are Root Canals Necessary?

Root Canals are necessary in children usually after a trauma to the mouth or tooth. Tooth decay can also be a source of problems that lead to the procedure. You might think that a knocked out or decayed baby tooth isn’t as serious as when it happens to an adult, but baby teeth provide an important guide to developing primary teeth. That’s why for both the look of baby teeth and the overall health of the mouth, a root canal might be better than loosing the tooth.

What Is A Root Canal?

Endodontic procedures address the inside of a tooth. That’s where there is pulp that can become infected or inflamed. A root canal removes this problem pulp, disinfects the inside of the tooth, and then seals it off. This allows the tooth to go on functioning like normal without any problems to biting, chewing, or the development of primary teeth.

Is It Really That Bad?

So, there are a lot of jokes about how awful this procedure is. But, the truth is that modern advancements have made it into a relatively simple procedure completed in one or two appointments that’s usually comfortable and won’t leave you with any horror stories. Kids can expect the same, but as usual, the dentist’s office can be a scary and uncomfortable place for any child.

Make sure that they are completely comfortable with what’s about to happen and that it’s absolutely necessary before submitting your child to a root canal procedure. The best way to do this is by having thorough conversations with your pediatric dentist about exactly what the procedure will entail.

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