While many people have bad connotations of a root canal (also known as nerve treatments for younger patients), it is a procedure that can actually save your tooth and prevent the need for an extraction!
When the decay or damage to a tooth causes the soft interior layer to get infected, the tooth is in danger of dying. The pulp at the center is responsible for the health and well being of the tooth, so when this is affected, it causes havoc.
A nerve treatment works by completely removing the pulp and nerves at the center. The area is sanitized and sealed in order to prevent future bacterial infections to form. A dental crown is affixed to the top of the tooth since a portion of the cap needs to be removed to give your child’s dentist access to the center of the tooth. This allows the tooth to regain its strength and natural look.
If a nerve treatment cannot save the tooth, the tooth must be extracted, and tooth replacement options, such as a temporary crown or bridge, may need to be discussed.
The only way to know for sure that treatment is needed is to visit a skilled professional, so they can verify the issue and discuss treatment options. If your child is experiencing any of the following warning signs, you should get to your child’s dentist soon: