Endodontics in Whitby
When a child’s tooth has been damaged by decay or injury it can expose the soft inner tissue of the tooth. This tissue, called the pulp, is vulnerable to dangerous bacterial infection that can spread to the tissues surrounding the tooth. If it isn’t detected and treated the infection can result in the loss of your child’s tooth.
Because they have thin enamel, your child’s baby teeth can be easily damaged. To save their teeth, we usually recommend root canal therapy.
What is a root canal?
A root canal is a procedure to remove the pulp from a damaged tooth to prevent infection. We remove the pulp by drilling a tiny hole in the affected tooth, removing the pulp, and cleaning and disinfecting the inside of the tooth. After the procedure we repair and restore the tooth with a filling or a crown.
Why should we save baby teeth?
If baby teeth are lost too soon the remaining surrounding teeth can shift and “drift” into the resulting gap. Losing a baby tooth early can also affect the growth and emergence of your child’s adult teeth. By saving and restoring the damaged tooth, we can prevent these things from happening.
If your child has damaged a tooth, or if they’re complaining about a severe toothache, call our office to book an examination.