Pulp Therapy – A Baby Root Canal
The root canal is probably the most feared term in dentistry. They can be very expensive, especially since some dental insurance may not cover the entire procedure. However, before a tooth reaches the point of needing a root canal, pulp therapy may be a possible way to intervene. Think of it as a baby root canal.
What Is Pediatric Pulp Therapy?
If your child has a cavity that has reached through the enamel and dentin and down into the pulp, an infection can occur. How is this condition treated? The diseased pulp will have to be removed to stop the infection from spreading. This takes place in the crown portion of the tooth, not down in the roots. That’s why we use the term pulp therapy instead of the root canal.
Medication is used to help relieve the nerve tissue that is left in place. Then a crown is placed over the tooth to keep it from becoming infected again. This crown is often made from stainless steel. This can help a child to keep the weakened tooth until it is supposed to fall out and make way for a permanent tooth.
Why Is Pulp Therapy Important?
Some parents wonder why, if it’s only a baby tooth, should the tooth not simply be pulled. It comes back to the purpose of baby teeth. They act as placeholders for adult teeth. If a baby tooth falls out or has to be removed prematurely, the surrounding teeth may crowd into space and cause problems for adult teeth as they erupt. This may lead to expensive orthodontic work later on.
To prevent these future issues, BRSH+FLSS Pediatric Dentistry offers pulp therapy among other important dental treatments for kids. To learn more or to schedule an appointment for your child, please call us at 619-741-1500.