Root Canals for Babies and Children?...

All about Pediatric Pulp Therapy!

Did you know? A procedure called “pediatric pulp therapy” is commonly performed to treat damage that has occurred to the pulp in baby (primary/milk) teeth.

pulp therapy for children

“But why is it necessary to save a primary tooth when the tooth is just going to fall out anyway?”. Good question.

Primary teeth should set a good example for adult teeth.

Many people don’t realize that any damage that occurs to a primary tooth can negatively affect the adult tooth waiting to take its place. So when a primary tooth experiences infection or significant trauma, it’s ideal to perform pediatric pulp therapy compared to pulling the tooth or worse, doing nothing. Pulling the tooth may cause the neighboring teeth to develop at an improper angle, jeopardizing the growth of the permanent tooth set to grow in its place.

A pediatric pulp therapy procedure involves a technique comparable to root canal therapy in adults/ adult teeth. That said, there are two kinds of pulp therapy that can be performed by our Scarborough endodontist:

  1. Pulpotomy

    This a partial removal of the pulp, limited to the crown, where healthy pulp is preserved in the root canals. The canals are filled with a disinfectant and the tooth is then finally capped off with a dental crown for strength and support.

  2. Pulpectomy

    This is a complete removal of the damaged pulp from the crown and roots. After removal, the tooth is filled with a special cement material before receiving a dental crown.

Believe us: It’s better to save a tooth than to pull it

If your child is experiencing any spontaneous or bothersome tooth pain, any swelling/redness or unexpected tooth looseness, take him or her to see a dental professional as soon as possible. Saving your little one’s troubled tooth is essential to ensuring the proper growth and development of their whole smile!