Do Children Need Root Canals?

If your child has a damaged tooth, the dentist may recommend a root canal. In this procedure, the damaged pulp inside the tooth is replaced in order to prevent tooth decay from spreading further.

While root canals in children might seem over the top, they’re routine procedures that can help save your child’s smile.

Root Canal Treatment for Kids with Permanent Teeth

For children and teens with their adult or permanent teeth in place, root canals are necessary when bacteria or tooth decay infects the tooth’s pulp. Since this infection can permanently damage your child’s teeth if not properly treated, it’s important to seek help as soon as your son or daughter shows symptoms of:

  • Toothaches
  • Sharp tooth pain
  • Teeth sensitivity to hot or cold food and beverages
  • A broken tooth with exposed root or nerve

Taking your child to the dentist immediately after he or she starts noticing or complaining about one of these symptoms gives the dentist a better chance of stopping the problem before it spreads.

Root Canals for Primary (Baby) Teeth

For younger children who still have their primary (baby) teeth, a root canal treatment is typically recommended unless the tooth is about to fall out on its own.

However, if the tooth does not get a root canal and eventually has to be removed, there may be problems with the new adult teeth coming in.

Does My Child Need a Root Canal?

If your child is showing symptoms of an infected tooth or has an unexplained toothache, you should schedule an appointment with a dentist immediately. If you are looking for a quality children’s dentistry with an experienced staff and friendly atmosphere kids will love, check out Kool Smiles.

We have over 120 convenient locations around the country and accept most major forms of insurance, Medicaid, TRICARE, SCHIP and other forms of payment. Our goal is to make sure that all kids have access to quality dental care at an affordable price. 

A general dentist at Kool Smiles will be able to take a look at your child’s tooth and let you know if a root canal is necessary, then guide you through the next steps. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.