Fully formed adult teeth are treated with a root canal when there is nerve damage. Baby teeth, or teeth that are still developing, are treated with pulpotomies. The pulpotomy procedure removes only the diseased pulp of the tooth, rather than all of the pulp. No root canal files are involved.
Pulpotomies are used on teeth that have very deep cavities and nerve inflammation, but only if there is no abscess present. Abscessed teeth may need to be “hugged” (extracted).
“A baby tooth is not just a baby tooth.”
These “baby root canals” preserve your child’s baby tooth - because a natural tooth is the best spacer available when it comes to guiding adult teeth into place.
Because the tooth has undergone nerve treatment, it is important to completely seal off the tooth from future oral bacterial contamination. Dr. Christine recommends placing a crown over the entire tooth. It can also keep the tooth from breaking down in the future, and allow for continual proper biting or chewing until it is the proper time for that tooth to fall out. After all, premature tooth loss can cause a chain-reaction that alters the natural tooth alignment of your child’s adult smile.
Comfort For Every Child
In addition to the area around the tooth being numbed with “sleepy juice,” Dr. Christine also provides in-house pediatric sedation dentistry. This allows us to address even the most complex dental needs, while sparing your child a scary experience.
Dr. Christine is also an expert at storytelling and distraction! There’s a good chance your child won’t even realize what is going on, either because of Dr. Christine, or because they will be busy watching the TV on the ceiling, or giggling from the laughing gas. If none of those distractions suffice, general anesthesia is also available.
As a board-certified pediatric specialist, Dr. Christine is equipped to provide for the comprehensive oral needs of every child in the Redmond community. We also offer orthodontic evaluations for children. Call us today to find out how we’re changing the way kids feel about going to the dentist!