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Yes, Babies Sometimes Need a Root Canal Too!

September 24, 2020

If you think root canal procedures are just for adults, think again! Damage in baby teeth can affect the development of your child’s permanent teeth later on, and that’s where pediatric pulp therapy (a.k.a. baby root canal) may be required.

At the office of Michael I. Feinberg, DDS, we provide comprehensive endodontic treatment to help patients of all ages preserve their teeth and their natural smiles. Our office is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and we have established a reputation for providing the highest quality of care when it comes to tooth preservation techniques.

Tooth pulp is the most vital part of the tooth, serving important functions such as producing dentin, signaling pain, and nourishing the tooth. Damage to the tooth’s pulp is commonly caused by tooth decay or traumatic injury. Rather than pulling the affected tooth, we opt for pulp therapy — a technique similar to a root canal in adults — that’s designed to maintain the baby tooth’s vitality.

How do you know that your child may be suffering from tooth pulp damage? Signs to watch for include tooth pain and sensitivity (especially when eating or drinking), redness and swelling, and/or an unexpected loose tooth.

Saving the baby’s tooth is usually a better option that pulling it, as the space left from the extraction may cause the surrounding teeth to develop at an angle. This in turn can result in impacted premolars that leave little room for a permanent tooth to grow in its place.

If your child is experiencing any of these symptoms, call the office of Michael I. Feinberg, DDS to see if pulp therapy is an option. Saving those baby teeth is the best way to ensure healthy oral development! For more information on our services, give us a call today.