Baby Root canals help Rancho Cucamonga, CA kids develop healthy adult smiles
Baby teeth are destined to come out eventually. Meanwhile, they are vital to your child’s oral function, and essential for a healthy, attractive adult smile. Saving a baby tooth can be just as important as keeping a secondary (adult) tooth in place. The team at Sweet Tooth Children’s Dentistry in Cucamonga, CA performs baby root canals to help pediatric patients preserve these vital place keepers.
When baby root canal therapy is needed
Teeth are covered with a hard layer of enamel, over a strong structure of dentin. At the center is a space filled with vascular and nerve tissues. Pulp in this chamber extends through canals into tooth roots. Harmful bacteria invade pulp when tooth decay or trauma compromise protective barriers. As infection progresses, pressure builds in the pulp chamber and nerves become inflamed.
Your child may complain of tenderness when chewing, be sensitive to hot or cold, or have redness and swelling around the tooth. In other cases, infection presents suddenly with facial swelling and acute pain.
Baby Root canals are gentle in Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Endodontic treatment does not cause pain – it relieves it! At Sweet Tooth Children’s Dentistry, we take extra steps to ensure the comfort of our young patients. The procedure is no more traumatic than getting a filling.
- The doctor makes a thorough assessment of oral condition and symptoms, then takes quick, painless digital X-rays.
- The mouth is thoroughly numbed.
- Damaged tooth structure and diseased pulp is removed.
- The chamber and canals are sanitized and sealed.
- The tooth is filled with a material (absorbed by the child’s body as the baby tooth gets ready to fall out).
- The tooth is protected with a crown that looks natural.
With a gentle touch and some diversionary tactics, the procedure is generally uneventful even for apprehensive kids. You also have the option of sedation (inhaled nitrous oxide “laughing gas”), or general anesthesia if needed.
If your child has a toothache, extraction may be necessary. Call Sweet Tooth Children’s Dentistry in Rancho Cucamonga, CA to schedule an appointment. We service the Fontana, Montclair, and Ontario areas.