Root Canals on Baby Teeth
Pulp is the inner, central tissue of the teeth. It contains nerves, blood vessels, connective tissue and cells. When severe cavities or an injury to the tooth has occurred, pulp therapy, also known as a “baby root canal,” is performed to maintain the health of the affected tooth and to prevent bacterial infection from traveling into the mouth, head or neck.
There are two types of nerve treatments performed:
Pulpotomy (partial root canal) –
• Only the diseased pulp tissue within the tooth is removed.
• Next, the dentist will place an antibacterial medication to help the healthy pulp tissue survive.
• Finally, our dentists will replace the damaged enamel portion by placing a crown over the tooth.
Pulpectomy (full root canal) –
• The whole pulp of the tooth will be removed from the inside of the crown and root.
• The empty root canal is then cleaned, disinfected and filled with material.
Again, the procedure is finalized with a crown over the tooth.