Children’s Root Canals

Do kids get root canals?

Root canals are not frequently done on baby teeth for a number of reasons. Instead, kids often receive what is called a pulpotomy. This involves the removal of the upper part of the vital pulp with no attempt to go down into the canals. Often times, this is effective in helping prolong the life of a baby tooth and relieving pain.

Why is a pulpotomy needed?

The primary reason to do a pulpotomy on a child is because a cavity has reached the center of the tooth, infecting the nerves and blood vessels there called the pulp. After the upper part of the pulp is removed, a medication is then placed in its place and a crown placed over top of it. This can stop the disease process for the tooth.