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      Endodontic Treatment for Children

      Endodontic Treatment for Children

      Saving your child's precious smile.

      The inner pulp of our teeth contains nerves and blood vessels. When this pulp becomes infected or inflamed due to deep decay, trauma, or other factors, it can cause significant pain, sensitivity, swelling, and discomfort. If your child experiences any of these symptoms, root canal therapy (also called endodontic treatment) may be necessary.

      Pulp Therapy for Children

      Signs your child may need endodontic treatment

      Types of Endodontic Treatments for Children

      Pulpotomy saves a child's primary tooth by removing only the infected top portion of the pulp, leaving the healthy pulp in the roots untouched. During a pulpotomy, your child’s dentist numbs the area and removes the infected tissue. A special medication is then applied to the remaining healthy pulp to help preserve it. The tooth is then cleaned, disinfected, and sealed with a filling material. In most cases, a crown will be placed on the tooth to restore its strength and function.
      Pulpectomy is necessary when the entire pulp, including the part within the root canals, is infected or inflamed. A pulpectomy is very similar to a root canal performed on adults. The pediatric dentist will numb the area, access the pulp chamber, and remove all of the infected pulp tissue from both the crown and the roots. The canals are then meticulously cleaned, disinfected, and sealed. A crown is recommended to restore and protect the tooth from further damage.

      Benefits of Endodontic Treatment for Children

      Saves your child’s natural tooth
      Alleviates pain and discomfort
      Maintains a healthy smile
      Prevents further complications

      Why are children’s milk teeth important?

      Even though they're temporary, there are important reasons to save your child's baby teeth whenever possible.


      Frequently Asked Questions

      No, your child will not feel pain during the endodontic treatment. Our pediatric dentists use local anesthesia to numb the area around the tooth before performing the procedure. For very young children, young ones with dental anxiety, or those with special needs, treatments can be done under general anesthesia.

      Your child may experience some mild discomfort after the procedure, which can be managed with pain medication. We will provide you with detailed instructions for post-operative care, including pain management and proper oral hygiene practices. In most cases, your child will also need a crown to restore the strength and functionality of the tooth.

      If you’re unsure if your child's dental plan covers pulpotomies or pulpectomies, we can help you check. Please give us a call at 04 394 7777.

      Yes, we do accept most insurance cards for direct billing of all approved dental services. Where no direct settlement facility is available, we will assist you in processing the required paperwork to help you file a claim.