When you think of a root canal, you would never imagine that it is a procedure for kids. However, root canals can be performed at any age. They are recommended when there is nerve damage or damage to the pulp inside a child’s tooth. You may wonder why a dentist would bother to perform this procedure on a tooth that is going to fall out anyway. Baby teeth play an important role. When a root canal is recommended, there is a good reason for it. Your child will be in good hands with our pediatric dentist.
Why Perform a Root Canal on a Baby Tooth?
One of the first signs of a damaged tooth is pain. Sensitivity to temperature changes or foods that are high in sugar content are also indicators that something is wrong. You don’t want to see your child in pain. When your child visits our pediatric dentist, the first step will be to evaluate your child’s tooth and get to the bottom of the problem. If it is as simple as a cavity, a filling can be performed. In some cases, a cap may be necessary. If there is extensive decay, a great deal of damage to the pulp inside your child’s tooth, or nerve damage, a root canal may be advised.
If left untreated, your child could develop an infection that goes down into the jawbone. If your child develops severe, constant pain, an infection, or abscess, may have already developed. A root canal can relieve the pain and save the tooth. By saving the affected tooth, you can spare your child problems with speech and eating. The tooth will continue to hold its place in your child’s mouth and keep the teeth from shifting. By saving your child’s tooth, you are setting the stage for healthy, permanent teeth to emerge.
Talk to Our Pediatric Dentist About a Baby Root Canal
If you suspect that your child has a serious problem with a tooth, set up an appointment with our pediatric dentist at Ashburn Children’s Dentistry in Ashburn. We’ll find answers together. If a baby root canal is recommended, you can have peace of mind with a dentist you can trust. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation for your little one.