Pediatric Root Canals in NYC
At Park View Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics in NYC, we take a preventative approach to dental care, through which we strive to prevent the onset, progress, and recurrence of dental problems that might require root canals. While our dentists will always make an effort to treat your child’s condition and avoid a root canal, this is not always possible.
When a pediatric root canal is unavoidable, our practice offers various sedation dentistry options in order to make the procedure as stress-free and painless as possible. This is especially helpful for children who are unable to cope with the delivery of dental care, who have a high level of dental anxiety or who have special needs.
As the premier pediatric dental practice in New York City’s Upper East Side, we’ve built our solid reputation not only on our skills but also our dedication to offering dental care with a little extra care for over 25 years. Learn more about baby root canals below, or request an appointment online.
What is a baby root canal for children?
A baby root canal, also known as pulpotomy or pulpectomy, is a pediatric root canal treatment that involves treating problems within the soft core of the tooth, which is called the dental pulp. The dental pulp is the soft tissue found inside the tooth from the top all the way down to the end of the root. It contains nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue that provide nutrients to the tooth as it grows.
When is a pediatric root canal performed?
Pediatric root canals are performed when the dental pulp in a baby tooth is damaged and needs to be repaired. If the pulp is damaged, it will gradually decay if left within the tooth.
This is most commonly caused by an untreated cavity that allows bacteria to eat through the enamel of the tooth and eventually infect the pulp within it. The pulp can also be damaged by any trauma to the tooth that cuts off the blood supply and causes the pulp tissue to die.
If left untreated, pus may build up within the root tip and form an abscess that can damage the bone around the tooth, causing pain and the potential for permanent damage.
Baby teeth may not remain in the mouth forever, but they are essential. Root canal treatment for children is important for:
- Maintaining proper speaking and chewing function
- Retaining space for permanent teeth
- Preserving the shape of the face
- Preventing significant pain and potential bone damage
What does a pediatric root canal treatment involve?
Once our dentists have determined that the pulp tissue in a baby tooth has been damaged and a pediatric root canal is necessary, we will perform a digital X-ray examination in order to further evaluate the tooth.
Before the root canal procedure, a child will receive local anesthesia in order to numb the affected tooth and area around the tooth. We offer single tooth anesthesia technology, which provides a number of advantages for our pediatric patients. In addition, sedation dentistry options may also be administered, depending on a patient’s needs.
Once completely numbed, our pediatric dentists will begin the root canal procedure, which involves removing the affected part of the nerve. After a primary tooth has had a baby root canal, a crown is often placed over the treated tooth in order to restore and protect it.
If you need to schedule a visit for your child or want to learn more about pediatric root canals, call our office at (212) 879-6518 or request an appointment at Park View Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics by filling out the form on this page.