Root canal treatment for baby teeth is known as ‘PULPECTOMY,’ which involves the removal of pulp tissue from the tooth. It is required when decay or injury to a tooth has caused infection of the nerve/ pulp. This therapy aims to preserve the tooth until its correct time of exfoliation.
Teeth consist of a sensitive inner part known as the dental pulp, which functions as the living part of the tooth. The dental pulp is soft and comprises nerve endings and blood vessels that nourish the tooth and keep it alive and healthy. Also, it provides the sensory function of the tooth by detecting hot and cold temperatures and circulates the nutrient-rich blood to the tooth. In addition, the pulp helps in producing dentin to strengthen and support the tooth.
The child may need nerve treatment (pulpectomy) because of the following reasons:-
Fillings are placed when the decay is only affecting the first two layers of the tooth – the enamel and the dentine. But when the infection reaches within the nerve of the tooth, it needs special treatment. If not treated timely, the nerve will eventually die and an abscess can occur when the infection spreads outside the tooth. The permanent tooth buds develop in proximity to the roots of baby teeth, so untreated infection can spread there and affect the normal development of the permanent teeth. In addition to severe pain, the infection or abscesses can cause fever and other health problems.
It is necessary to preserve milk teeth as they serve many purposes in the mouth. Losing them early can make it difficult for the child to chew properly and interfere with speech development. They also act as placeholders for the permanent teeth. If they are lost at an early stage, adjacent teeth may drift into or take up the empty space, forcing permanent teeth to come in crooked or abnormal positions. So pulpectomy is an ideal remedy to preserve these teeth until their normal shedding time.
The best way to avoid a pulpectomy is to protect teeth from decay and infection, which can be achieved with maintaining proper oral hygiene. Apart from teaching the kids how to brush
and floss their teeth properly, it’s also important to see your pediatric dentist for regular checkups. The appointment may include a comprehensive cleaning, x-rays and a thorough
examination of the mouth. If cavities are detected at an early stage, a less invasive treatment, such as a tooth filling, can cure the problem rather than having to undergo a complete nerve treatment i.e. pulpectomy.
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