Root Canal Treatment (RCT) for Children


Many parents become worry on hearing the idea of “Root Canal Treatment” for their kids. They believe that their children will have to undergo severe pain during this procedure. However, if an experienced and qualified pediatric dentist recommends RCT then parents can shed their anxiety because modern dentistry has become sophisticated enough to keep young patients at ease and relaxed when RCT is performed.

When Children Need RCT?

Everybody knows that adults undergo root canal treatment which at times become necessary for children also when any of their tooth becomes deeply infected and for which no other restorative option is workable. In such cases bacteria damages the pulp inside the tooth. If left untreated, the infected tooth has to be removed that is not recommended. If a decaying primary tooth is removed permanently children may have chewing problems and distortion in their speech development. Apart from this, there can be problems for new tooth coming in.

As a parent you must know symptoms indicating a sever tooth decay of your child. They are:

  • Constant pain
  • Tooth sensitivity to hot and cold foods
  • Gum inflammation and redness is another indication that a tooth is severely affected
  • Parents need not worry about loose teeth but coupled with pain and sensitivity is a sure sign that tooth is severely infected

Not all or any one of the above symptoms require root canal treatment unless a thorough checkup has been made by a trained dentist.

It is important to note that root canal treatment is not just about saving a decaying tooth, it puts a check on the spread of dental infection to other parts of mouth which otherwise may lead to serious health and social issues.

 

What is Root Canal Treatment? – Step by Step Procedure

How a Root Canal Treatment is performed on children, here are few steps that will help you understand how the procedure is actually performed.

  1. First of all, the dentist applies the local anesthesia around the infected tooth to block the pain.
  2. Then with a small drill like tool the dentist reaches out the infected tooth and creates a small hole on the upper part of the tooth. This helps clear away the damaged pulp present inside the tooth. Then the dentist asks your kid to wash away his or her mouth with water to clear debris. After that some antibacterial solution is applied to avoid the risk of future infection and kill any remaining bacteria
  3. Once the hole is cleaned and dried it is then filled with a rubber-like-material that is not harmful. This is temporary filling.
  4. Then the dentist asks your kid to wash away his or her mouth with water to clear debris.
  5. Sometimes the endodontist bring the anesthesiologist who can put the child to sleep if its necessary for the comfort of the child.

Parents should keep in mind that for some time after root canal therapy dentists suggest to avoid chewing food that otherwise might cause severe pain or discomfort leading to further dental complications.

If you have questions about root canal treatment, Dr. Lisi an expert Pediatric Dentist in Allen will answer all your questions and concerns. Please call 972-727-0011 to schedule a consultation.

Further Reading on Root Canal

  1. Root Canal treatment for children
  2. More info on Root Canal
  3. Root canal complications – what you need to know?

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