Preventive and Diagnostic
There are two types of “children’s root canal” treatment:
Pulpectomy: This treatment is necessary when the entire pulp is damaged or diseased. The decayed pulp tissue is removed from the crown and the root, the canals are cleaned and filled. Once the treatment is complete, we can place a final restoration to protect the tooth.
Pulpotomy: involves removing the pulp only from the crown of the tooth, cleaning out the root canals, and packing the canals with material that will help restore the tooth until it is time for it to exfoliate (or fall out on its own naturally).
If your child is in need of a crown to protect a primary (baby) tooth, we typically recommend stainless steel crowns. For front primary teeth, we may recommend tooth colored metal crown that is covered in porcelain or resin so that it blends with your child’s natural teeth. Pediatric dental crowns are prefabricated, come in a variety of sizes and are usually inserted immediately. When the baby tooth is ready to fall out, the crown will naturally come out with the tooth.
With a gentle, caring manner, Dr. Farrah has a comprehensive education in behavior management, sedation and anesthesia techniques. She will select a technique based on the specific health needs of your child, then discuss the benefits, limits and risks of that technique with you.
So that both you and your child are comfortable, our doctors will be happy to meet with you prior to this type of sedation and answer any questions you may have and discuss the risks and benefits of general anesthesia prior to treatment.