Although many people think that the idea of performing dentistry on baby teeth (after all, they are just going to fall out and be replaced with a permanent tooth in a few years) is a bit odd, it is important to maintain good oral health in regards to baby teeth because otherwise, problems with the permanent teeth may develop. This is why a baby root canal exists.
What is a Root Canal?
If a tooth is cracked or develops a very deep cavity, a bacterial infection can invade the pulp inside the tooth. If the infection is not treated, it can invade the jawbone and even lead to death. During a root canal, the infected pulp is removed and replaced with an inert material, controlling the infection and restoring the tooth in one simple procedure. Usually, a crown is placed in a second procedure to fully restore the tooth. From the patient’s point of view, the procedure is very similar to getting a cavity filled.
A Closer Look at Baby Root Canals
Although most baby teeth do not need root canals if the child is provided with regular dental care, sometimes traumatic events like falling off a bicycle can result in a cracked tooth or a deep cavity can suddenly form, and then bacteria can invade the pulp of the tooth. In infants and children, the primary symptom of a badly infected tooth is severe pain. Although treatment with antibiotics and painkillers can sometimes be effective, in most cases, the damaged tooth continues to get infected repeatedly to the point where a baby root canal may be the best option.
The most important advantage of opting for a baby root canal rather than tooth removal is ensuring the permanent teeth come in at the right time, in the right place, and in as good of health as possible. It has been observed that premature loss of a baby tooth disrupts the normal, orderly growth of the permanent teeth. Often they erupt early into the space where the baby tooth was, and since there is insufficient space for them to grow, this triggers a cascade of abnormal timing and placement of permanent tooth eruptions. This process can lead to the need for extensive and expensive orthodontic treatments to correct the bite.
In addition, premature loss of a baby tooth can alter how the child chews, which can have unpredictable adverse effects on the development of the jaw, face, and teeth. It may also affect brain development.
The Next Step
If your child is experiencing tooth pain and you suspect a baby root canal is necessary, make an appointment at Ashburn Children’s Dentistry so we can restore your child to health as soon as possible. Contact us today to book your appointment in Ashburn.