Tooth canal treatments are not just safe and effective in the treatment of tooth pain; they also prevent tooth loss resulting from decay or injury. Children’s teeth are said to be temporary; it becomes confusing when you hear that your child needs a root canal treatment when permanent ones eventually replace the temporary teeth.
Truthfully, children’s teeth are shed at a certain age (usually between 6 and 12 years), but there are tangible reasons why we try to save their infected primary teeth. The primary teeth of a child work in the same way as that of adult teeth. One vital function of the child’s primary teeth is that it guides the placement of the permanent teeth.
In the absence of the primary teeth, the permanent teeth can become misplaced when it’s coming out. This could result in the improper arrangement of the permanent teeth, and also, biting problems. Even when a child loses a tooth without replacing it, he/she could experience issues with speech and eating.
Saving The Tooth Is The Goal
Increased tooth sensitivity and pain are associated with infection or damage to the pulp tissues of the tooth as this tissue have an abundant supply of blood vessels and nerve endings. X-ray of the infected tooth is often required to determine the extent of infection. If infected, immediate treatment will be recommended to prevent further damage.
In extreme cases, a total extraction of the infected tooth might be necessary, and a space maintainer will be used to fill the space created by the extracted tooth. Often, the space maintainer does not help the tooth regain the full functionality and can also become loose. Other preferable forms of treatments include:
- Indirect pulp treatment. If there is only a little damage to the pulp, the decay could be removed having to remove any pulp with it. After the removal, an antibiotic can be applied before sealing the tooth.
- Pulpotomy. This is recommended when the decay is only at the upper portion of the pulp tissue. This procedure occurs by removing the infected part of the pulp after which the healthy component is stabilized, disinfected, and sealed up.
- Pulpectomy. This involves the removal of all the pulp tissues in the tooth if they are all infected. Following the removal of the pulp, is the shaping and disinfection of the canal, after which they will be filled with inert materials and sealed. Next is the restoration of the crown. Dissolvable sealants are used for children so that healthy development of the permanent teeth can proceed when it is time.
Preparing for Your Child’s Root Canal Treatment
After carefully examining your child, the best treatment options are provided, and you will receive instructions on what to do. The procedure is painless because your child will be under anesthesia throughout the whole operation.
The dentists are highly experienced in handling children, so, it would be helpful if you, as a parent, show no sign of anxiety as it could affect your child. Getting your child root canal problems treated will not only relieve them of their immediate pain but could also prevent the need for future dental treatments.