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Root Canal Therapy for Children

Primary teeth are important and it is best that these teeth be kept intact instead of being prematurely extracted. It is for this reason that root canal therapy for children is a potential option for saving a baby tooth that is affected by extensive decay.

How Is Root Canal Therapy Diagnosed And Performed On Children?

At Joyful Smiles Pediatric Dentistry in Tinley Park, our skilled dentists perform the root canal treatment on your child. It includes removing the diseased pulp in your kid's mouth. The pulp is present in all teeth, which contains nerves and blood vessels. They fill out the roots of the tooth, which are fixed firmly with the jawbone and gums. The pediatric dentist will evaluate your kid's oral health condition. The next step is doing a dental X-Ray of the kid's teeth, which gives clarity about infection intensity. After this, the pediatric dentist performs a root canal treatment followed by some instructions, which your kid has to follow. They are as follows:

  • Your kid needs to have soft/semi-liquid food after the treatment.
  • It's important to avoid fried food and sugary foods completely.
  • Your child needs to take antibiotics as instructed by the dentist.
  • When Does A Child Need Root Canal Therapy?

    This treatment is often indicated if your child feels pain in a tooth, is sensitive to different temperatures, or if the tooth is chipped or cracked with the nerve already exposed. When this happens, the nerve becomes damaged beyond simple medication or surface repair. As a result, the infected nerve is removed and a crown is placed on the tooth, allowing it to be strong enough so the tooth can remain in the child’s mouth until the permanent tooth erupts.

    Pros And Cons Of Root Canal Therapy For Children


  • Root canal treatment among children helps in stopping toothaches, but removing infections and inflamed pulp.
  • With the help of root canal treatment, your kid is prevented from having gaps in the mouth.
  • Cons

  • A major drawback of root canal treatment among children is that it often weakens the tooth.
  • In some cases, your kid might need multiple dental appointments for you dentist to be absolutely sure about root canal treatment.
  • ​Book A Root Canal Consultation

    Is your child suffering from tooth decay? Root canal therapy can be a potential option for saving a baby tooth. Call us today and let us help you receive quality care for your kid.

    Looking For Dental Help?

    Toothache, cavities, sensitive tooth can all become just a word in the dictionary for you and your child. We care for your kids as much as you do. Schedule an appointment and let our compassionate team of experts do the rest.



    Welcome to Joyful Smiles Pediatric Dentistry

    Joyful Smiles Pediatric Dentistry is accepting new patients - infants, toddlers and adolescents all welcome! Dr. Yaa McDonald and team offer a complete suite of services including customized smile makeovers. Call us today to schedule an appointment.