If your child has an infection inside of a tooth, he or she may need a root canal treatment to take care of the infection and make the tooth healthy again. After a root canal treatment, your child may need a crown on the fixed tooth to protect it.
Keep reading to learn about dental crowns and root canals at Kool Smiles.
What Is a Root Canal Treatment?
A root canal treatment is performed by a dentist or endodontist. An endodontist is a dentist that has gone through extra training to learn how to take care of the insides of teeth.
When the inside of your child's tooth, called the pulp, gets an infection or becomes swollen, a root canal treatment may be necessary to heal and save the tooth. When your child has a root canal, the dentist will follow these steps:
The tooth will be numbed with medicine.
The dentist will drill into the tooth, just like with a filling, to get to the pulp.
The dentist will remove the infected pulp from your child's tooth.
The tooth will be filled with something a lot like rubber.
The fixed tooth will be topped off with a dental crown for protection.
What Is a Dental Crown?
When the dentist finishes a root canal treatment, he or she may place a crown on the treated tooth to keep it safe. Since the tooth has had the pulp removed, it is more fragile than before and needs a little extra protection.
The dentist will make a crown that fits perfectly, and the tooth will be all set.
Do Baby Teeth Need Root Canal Procedures?
Many parents wonder whether root canal procedures are worth it for baby teeth, and the answer is yes. Baby teeth do a lot of things for your child's mouth. Even though they won't last forever, keeping baby teeth healthy will help your child's adult teeth come in properly.
A root canal performed on a baby tooth can help create a healthy smile when adult teeth come in later in life.
Schedule a Root Canal at Kool Smiles Today
If your child needs root canal therapy or a dental crown, call your local Kool Smiles office to make an appointment. Our dentists are experienced in working with kids, and we'll be able to walk you through these procedures if your kid is in need.