We always aim to save a severely decayed or damaged tooth at Islands Pediatric Dentistry. With preventative care, our Gilbert practice strives to avoid the onset, progression, and recurrence of dental issues that may require a pediatric root canal. Although, we do our best to treat oral health conditions, sometimes a pediatric root canal is the best option.
A root canal for children is also called a pulpectomy or pulpotomy. The procedure involves treating the pulp in the core of the affected tooth. Dental pulp is the soft tissue housed deep inside a tooth. It runs from the top all the way down to the root tip. This is where all the blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissues are contained, that nourish the developing tooth.
When the pulp inside a primary tooth needs repair, pediatric root canals in Gilbert, AZ is performed. A damaged pulp is often caused by trauma or an untreated cavity. Eventually, bacteria erode enamel and travel into the pulp which causes an infection.
Without pediatric root canal treatment, an abscess may form at the root tip and possibly damage the bone surrounding the tooth. A root canal for children is important for:
First, Dr. Rez will take a digital x-ray to fully assess the extent of tooth damage. Prior to root canal therapy, your child will be given a local anesthetic to numb the treatment area. Sedation dentistry is available, depending on the needs of each patient.
Once your child is comfortable and completely numbed, your Gilbert dentist removes the diseased pulp. A crown will later be placed to protect and restore the treated tooth.