Baby Tooth Root Canals

By Catherine M. Fascilla, D.D.S.

A deep cavity in your child’s tooth may lead to the nerve of the tooth. In such cases, a puplotomy is recommended to save the tooth. A pulpotomy of a baby tooth is similar to root canal treatment of an adult tooth in that by removing the infected portion of the nerve, the procedure prevents unnecessary tooth loss. Your child’s baby teeth are important in guiding permanent teeth into position and should therefore remain in your child’s mouth until they are lost naturally. A medicated filling material is placed in the nerve space and a cap or filling is used to restore your child’s tooth.

Insist on proper brushing, flossing, and avoiding sweet snacks. Take your child to see a dentist every six months for checkups and cleanings. This will reduce the chance of ever having cavities large enough to require a pulpotomy.

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