No parent wants to hear the words, “Your child needs a root canal,” but sometimes it happens. At Dr. Kwon Pediatric Dentistry, our dentists are focused on treating kids’ mouths while keeping them safe and comfortable – especially during a root canal.
The purpose of a root canal is to repair and save an infected or damaged tooth. In this procedure, the dentist will remove the nerve and the pulp, sterilize, and clean the inside of the tooth, and then seal the tooth. If left untreated, the tooth could become damaged. We’re here to make sure your child’s smile stays happy and healthy!
When is it Time for a Root Canal?
If your child is complaining about sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, you notice pimples on their gums, or a tooth gets cracked or chipped, it may be time to schedule an appointment. Your dentist will examine your child and evaluate their symptoms to determine the severity of the issue and any treatment needed.
What Happens During a Root Canal Procedure?
A root canal procedure is similar to a dental filling procedure. Typically done in one appointment, your child will receive local anesthetic to numb the tooth and surrounding area. The dentist will place a rubber sheet around the tooth to keep it dry during the procedure and will then remove the infected or decayed pulp and replace it.
Is a Root Canal Painful?
Thanks to advancements in pediatric dentistry and local anesthesia, a root canal should not be painful. Compared to a dental filling, your child might experience slight discomfort for a little longer after a root canal procedure, but children’s ibuprofen or acetaminophen will help alleviate any pain. Talk to your child’s dentist if you have concerns about pain management following the root canal procedure.
Post Root Canal Recovery
A root canal procedure is typically done in one visit, and the numbing should last two to four hours after the procedure. It is totally normal for our patients to return to school after their procedure! Your child may need over-the-counter pain medication to ward off any discomfort. They will need to refrain from eating or drinking until the numbing wears off to avoid any injury.