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Does Your Child Need a Root Canal?

Recognize the signs that your child may need a root canal. 

Children should start coming into our office twice a year for cleanings and checkups by the time they turn one year old (or by the time their first tooth erupts). Our Roanoke, VA, pediatric dentists can provide comprehensive care and professional cleanings to prevent serious issues. Of course, there may come a time when a root canal may be necessary to preserve a child’s tooth.

Why does my child need a root canal? 

A root canal will be necessary if there is very deep decay within a tooth that has damaged the nerve. Once the inside of your child’s tooth is infected, the only option is to remove the damaged nerve and any bacteria that are trapped inside. After this procedure is over, a dental crown is usually placed over the tooth to reinforce, support, and strengthen the natural tooth.

Along with severe decay, our Roanoke, VA, pediatric dentists may also recommend that your child undergo a root canal if the tooth is severely injured (e.g. fractured; cracked).

But it’s just a baby tooth. Isn’t it going to fall out anyway? 

It might seem confusing that your child would need to receive a root canal for a tooth that is just going to just fall out; however, it is important to preserve these baby teeth until they are ready to fall out. After all, baby teeth play a crucial role in the development of your child’s smile, as they work as space holders for permanent teeth and allow them to erupt when they are ready.

Plus, any infection left untreated will continue to spread, affecting not just your child’s baby teeth but also their permanent teeth. By providing a root canal we eliminate the infection, preserve their permanent teeth, prevent developmental delays and problems and even get rid of their toothache. We’d say that’s a win-win right?


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Here at Hunting Hills Family Dentistry in Roanoke, VA, our pediatric dentists are ready to provide you, your teen, or your child with the reliable, trustworthy dental care that they need. To schedule an appointment or cleaning, call us at (540) 769-5020.

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