Pediatric Dentistry
Lindsey A. Robinson, DDS
Steve Murphy, DMD

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Root Canal Treatments for Baby Teeth

Root Canals, also known as endodontic treatment, is a procedure that we perform when the inner portion of the tooth, known as the pulp, has become infected. Patients who need endodontic treatment often come to us in severe pain, we do not want our pediatric patients to be in pain. Lindsey A. Robinson, DDS can help remove the infection and restore your child’s primary or baby tooth, taking into consideration the growth and development of the permanent tooth below.

Some parents may question why a root canal is needed if the baby tooth can just be pulled. At Lindsey A. Robinson DDS Pediatric and Endodontic Dentistry, it is our goal to save your child’s baby teeth until the permanent tooth is ready to erupt. If we determine that the time is short before the adult tooth is ready, we may consider simply pulling the baby tooth. If there is still considerable time left on the baby tooth, we will want to preserve it. Baby teeth are important in the development of your child, they assist in speech, allow your child to chew a wider range of foods, and serve as a placeholder for the future adult tooth.

For our pediatric patients, when considering a root canal, there are a few different routes that we can take. Lindsey A. Robinson, DDS will take into consideration if it is necessary to remove the pulp entirely or not. This is known as either a Vital Pulp Therapy or a Non-Vital Pulp Therapy. In adults, once their permanent tooth is fully erupted, the pulp is no longer necessary, its primary function is the development of the tooth. In children, development is occurring, so if we are able to save the pulp, we will first attempt that approach.

•  Vital Pulp Therapy:Is a process that is done when the infected material is near the pulp, but has not made direct contact with the pulp, so no infection is present. We can then remove the decayed or infected portion, leaving the pulp in place.
•  Non-Vital Pulp Therapy:Is a process that is performed when the pulp of the tooth is beyond saving. The pulp is infected and needs to be removed. Infected pulp will not heal on its own, it is unable to. Leaving it alone, will not remove the problem, in fact, it can lead to the infection spreading to nearby teeth.

Root Canal on a Baby Tooth Procedure

To remove the infection, we begin with digital x-rays to view the problem and assess the situation. If endodontic treatment is determined, Lindsey A. Robinson, DDS will then provide local anesthetic, based on what’s appropriate for your child, to eliminate any pain or discomfort. Lindsey A. Robinson, DDS will then gain access inside the tooth and remove the pulp, which include nerves, tissue, and the infected material. The area will be cleansed and filled with a medicated material. The tooth will then be covered with a protective cap known as a dental crown. For children, we most often use a prefabricated stainless steel crown.
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Pediatric Dentistry & Endodontics

453 South Auburn Street
Grass Valley, CA 95945-7224

Pediatric Dentistry: Lindsey A. Robinson, DDS

Endodontics Dentistry: Steve Murphy, DMD

Tel: (530) 272-5522
Fax: 530-272-6245

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