Are Baby Root Canals Necessary?

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It’s a common misconception that baby teeth aren’t important because they’re temporary. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Baby teeth are incredibly crucial to a child’s development. In some instances, a baby root canal is necessary to preserve a baby tooth before it’s ready to fall out on its own. Here, we’ll discuss why a baby root canal may be necessary and what that process looks like!

Why Are Baby Teeth Important?

Baby teeth play a vital role in a child’s health and development from eating solid foods to learning how to speak. Baby teeth act as guides for adult teeth to erupt in the proper area and at the right angle. When baby teeth become infected and have to be removed before they’re ready, it can cause a series of issues in a child’s development path. Keeping baby teeth in place until they fall out naturally is the main goal.

What Is a Baby Root Canal?

Baby teeth are more susceptible to cavities and decay. Because of this, it’s not uncommon for a root canal to be needed. A child may need a root canal on a primary tooth when the root of the tooth is infected. By removing the damaged portion of the root and nerve, the overall integrity of the tooth, as well as the roots and tissue surrounding it, is preserved.

Reasons a Child May Need a Root Canal

Wondering when a root canal on a primary (baby) tooth is necessary? Here are some of the main reasons a root canal may be needed:

  • A severe dental injury
  • An infected tooth that would cause speech issues or eating problems if lost
  • An abscess

We Care About Your Child’s Oral Health

We understand that your child’s oral health is important and our goal is to provide you with all of the information you need to make well-informed decisions for your child. If you believe your child may be in need of a baby root canal, please contact our office. Our team would be happy to see you and your little one for an in-person exam and consultation.

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