July 5, 2017

When you hear the phrase ‘root canal’, you probably envision a procedure for adults. However, root canals have become more common in kids, thanks to advanced technology. A root canal treatment can save a tooth and prevent it from being extracted, and it is a procedure that usually doesn’t take much more time to fix than a cavity filling. Using an endodontist in Westchester, NY who is experienced in pediatrics is important.

Reasons for Pediatric Root Canals

Pediatric root canals are often performed on baby teeth that are damaged. Although baby teeth are eventually replaced with adult teeth, nerve damage needs to be addressed in order to prevent premature tooth loss. Some issues that may result from teeth that fall out due to damage include impacted speech, difficulty brushing, chewing problems, and bone loss.

The great thing with this procedure is it does not interfere with the growth of incoming permanent teeth. When the time is right, the tooth that had the surgery will fall out normally to make room for the new one.

Signs Pointing to a Root Canal

The best way to know for sure if your child needs a root canal is to consult with our pediatric endodontist at our offices in Mt. Kisco, NY and White Plains, NY. However, there are some signs and symptoms you should be aware of that help indicate a root canal may be needed. Make an appointment if your child has any of the following symptoms:

  • Abnormal coloring of a tooth
  • Tooth sensitivity or pain
  • Sore gum tissue or bone surrounding a tooth
  • Painful chewing or painful to touch
  • Tender lymph nodes

Sometimes there are no warning signs, which is why bringing your child in for regular dental check-ups is important. Diagnostic tests, such as x-rays, can reveal the issue before significant damage occurs.

Contact Us Today

If you feel like your child would benefit from a root canal, contact our office. Drs. Kolnick, Diamond, Hope and Chaudhry will perform a thorough exam and make recommendations for great oral health.



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