February 10, 2019
Although your child’s baby teeth eventually fall out, they are invaluable to their oral functions and development. February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, which raises awareness about the importance of early-age dental care. Besides the right oral hygiene habits at home, your child should visit their dentist twice a year. Unfortunately, that may not be enough to fully protect your child’s smile. When teeth are severely damaged, they may need root canals. While you may be tempted to have the teeth pulled, that is never in your child’s best interest. Instead, they can be saved with the help of your dentist.
Why Choose a Root Canal?
Let’s face it, root canals have a bad reputation despite being no worse than a traditional filling thanks to new advancements in dentistry. Despite these improvements, you may be hesitant to have your child undergo the procedure when their baby tooth is eventually going to fall out.
It is true their primary teeth are only in place for a few short years, but they serve an important role. They allow your child to learn how to chew and speak correctly while also acting as placeholders for their adult teeth. If a baby tooth is lost too soon, it can cause developmental delays and lasting consequences for their oral health. As a result, it is always best to save a compromised tooth when possible.
What is a Root Canal?
A root canal is an endodontic procedure performed by your dentist in Maple Valley that can save a compromised tooth. It removes the areas of damage and extracts the inner layer of the tooth called the pulp. Although root canals are common, they are only recommended when there are no other viable treatments to save a tooth from extraction. Often, it is necessary if a tooth has darkened, there is lingering sensitivity, or pain.
During the procedure, a sedative and anesthetic are used to ensure your child’s comfort. The areas of damage are removed, and the pulp is extracted using special dental tools. The tooth is sterilized before it is sealed using a biocompatible material called gutta-percha. A dental crown is placed over the tooth to give it an added layer of protection while also restoring its function.
When it comes time for your child’s tooth to fall out naturally, the process will be no different than if the crown was not there. Once the permanent tooth erupts, it will be in its proper position to promote the health and function of your child’s smile.
Save Your Child’s Smile
If your child has a damaged tooth, do not have it extracted. Save their smile with a root canal.
About Dr. Manpreet Dhaliwal
Dr. Manpreet Dhaliwal is committed to creating generations of healthy smiles. He uses the latest advancements in dentistry to deliver individualized treatments for lasting oral health. If your child has a damaged tooth, he can save it with root canal therapy. Contact us today to learn more about root canals and how to avoid them.
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