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Root Canal Treatment Fairhope AL

Root Canal Treatment for Children

Did your dentist recommend a root canal for your child?  If so, you might be asking why!  Root canal is a way to save a tooth that has a bacterial infection or is inflammed.  The pulp in the center is removed.  Your child will loose their primary teeth (baby teeth) on their own…..but you may wonder if it is really worth it to save one that will eventually fall out anyway.  

 

Saving a baby tooth may be just as important as as saving a fully developed adult tooth.  When a child looses a baby tooth to early, it can interfere with chewing, speech development, and most importantly, the alignment of the newly developed permanent teeth.  

 

Here is why:  Each baby tooth holds the place for the soon to be permanent tooth.  The permanent tooth will emerge behind it.  All the baby teeth do not fall out at the same time so if gaps form prematurely, the teeth that are there will shift their position to fill in that gap.  When the happens it can affect how the teeth align when it comes to the permanent teeth.  

 

Root Canals are also recommended if a newly erupted permanent tooth, and the roots are not fully formed, but the pulp has nerve damage.  

 

Let’s talk about what the Pulp is.  All teeth, whether they are primary or permanent have an exterior protective coating called the enamel.  This is the hardest substance in the human body.  If a deep cavity develops, it can cause trauma to the tooth.  If your child was accidentally hit in the mouth by a ball, it can damage the interior pulp.  The pulp is found in the center of the tooth.  The pulp then has canals that go to the tooth’s root.  Root Canal Treatment Fairhope AL

 

The pulp is filled with nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue.  This pulp is necessary for the tooth to grow.  Once the tooth is done growing, the pulp isn’t needed anymore.  The nerves will still remain sensitive.  

 

When a root canal is performed, the infection is eliminated and the pulp is removed from the inside of the tooth.  The pulp is replaced with a sterile filling and then sealed.  Root Canal Treatment Fairhope AL

 

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