Root canals are not just limited to adults. Even children who still have their primary teeth can be vulnerable to infection. But while children have the primary teeth for a limited amount of time, the teeth need to fall out on their own to allow the permanent teeth to come in properly. So, if the pulp in one of your child’s primary teeth does become infected, our dentist, Dr. Brian Han, can save it through a pulpotomy or pediatric root canal therapy in Fircrest, Washington. This treatment will relieve your child’s discomfort and preserve the health of their smile.
During this treatment, Dr. Han will remove the decayed material and infected pulp. The chamber will be sterilized, but unlike in an adult, the nerves are not normally removed. Treated and viable pulp may be left in place to help keep the tooth healthy. In most cases, a stainless steel crown will be placed on the tooth. This treatment will allow your child to keep their tooth and allow their smile to develop normally.
If your child is experiencing problems with one of their teeth and you would like to see if they could benefit from pediatric root canal therapy, call Fircrest Family Dental at 253-843-6033 to plan an appointment with us.