When a child develops an infected or abscessed tooth, then treatment is crucial to avoid not only worsening pain, but the loss of the tooth altogether. To treat the issue, your Round Rock, TX, pediatric dentist could offer a conservative root canal alternative known as a pulpotomy procedure.
The Causes of an Infection
An infection means that harmful bacteria has bypassed the protective layer of enamel, moved through the dentin, and made contacts with the inner pulp. Inside of every tooth is a collection of living tissues that keeps the tooth healthy and functional. Unless treated, an infection could destroy the pulp and essentially kill the tooth. An extraction is then necessary to prevent the spread of infection to other parts of the smile. Causes could include an untreated cavity, or possibly a serious injury to the tooth. Warning signs include pain when biting down or chewing, tooth sensitivity, toothaches, swelling near the tooth, or a discharge from the tooth. If your child reports regular discomfort, then let us know right away.
Treatment with a Conservative Root Canal
For children, we would recommend a conservative alternative to the root canal procedure with a pulpotomy. Essentially, we will administer a local anesthetic to the area around the tooth, and provide sedation so your child is comfortable and calm. We then open the tooth and instead of removing the entirety of the inner tissues, we just take away the infected portions. Next, we add a medicated filling and finally, we cap the tooth with a crown. The restoration could be lifelike in appearance for the front facing teeth, or metal for the rear teeth that must endure greater bite forces.
Treatment instantly halts discomfort and helps protect the remaining structure. However, you can also take steps to help your little one remain free of cavities and infected teeth. Encourage them to brush in the morning and at night for at least two minutes. You can time them with a fun video or app. Be sure they use a rice-sized bit of fluoride toothpaste. Kids should also floss every evening too! Make time to see us for routine checkups and a cleaning every six months as well. If you have any questions about providing preventive and routine care for your child’s smile, or about treating the factors behind them, then contact our team today to learn more.
Talk To Your Round Rock, TX Pediatric Dentist About Endodontic Treatment
At Pediatric Dentistry Of Round Rock, we want to help kids avoid complications and discomfort that could lead to tooth loss. If you need to see our team due to discomfort in your kid’s smile, then please contact your Round Rock, TX, pediatric dentist, Dr. Thames, by calling 512-733-5311.