Root canal treatments, known as pulpotomies or pulpectomies in baby teeth, are performed by paediatric dentists to treat tooth pulp that is damaged, diseased, or dead due to decay or injury. These treatments aim to preserve the baby tooth until it naturally exfoliates, maintaining proper space for the permanent tooth.
Indications for a Baby Tooth Root Canal:
Types of Root Canal Treatments for Baby Teeth:
Symptoms Indicating the Need for a Root Canal:
A pediatric dentist will evaluate symptoms and use diagnostic tools, such as X-rays, to confirm the extent of the pulp damage before proceeding. The goal of the treatment is to retain the affected baby tooth to ensure proper chewing, speaking, and the maintenance of space until it is naturally replaced by a permanent tooth. Properly performed, these treatments are safe and effective, with high success rates.
Treatment is conducted under local anesthesia and is generally well tolerated by children. Careful post-operative instructions are given to parents to ensure proper healing and to watch for any signs of continued infection.