A cavity that involves the nerve of a tooth can cause a child to feel intense pain in that tooth. If the nerve of a tooth is infected it must be treated in order to restore the child to good dental health.
A baby root canal procedure is referred to as a “pulpotomy.” The purpose of root canal treatment is treat the affected tooth so that the tooth will not be lost early. Early loss of back primary teeth can cause future problems with the eruption of permanent teeth. It is best to avoid early loss of primary molars by properly treating the nerve of infected teeth with a pulpotomy. The baby root canal procedure removes the infected pulp tissue within the crown of the tooth. A medication is placed to calm the nerve of the tooth and prevent bacterial growth. The pulpotomy is followed with a final restoration such as a filling, a white zirconia crown or stainless steel crown. After the pulpotomy (root canal procedure) is complete; your child should feel much better. We expect all pain to subside either immediately or within a few days of the procedure.
Children with dentist phobias often have a difficult time with sitting through a pulpotomy procedure without sedation. This is especially challenging when multiple procedures need to be done. Sleep sedation is a safe option that will allow your child to remain comfortable during the procedure.