Root Canal Treatment for Milk Teeth

Extracting milk teeth is usually decided based on when the permanent teeth would be coming in, and if the gums would be exposed for too long without a permanent tooth, then usually the milk tooth is root canaled as long as the surrounding tissues are not damaged or affected by the infection of the tooth.


Milk teeth are root canaled when the tooth is causing swelling, inflammation or pain to the patient. All of the soft tissues will be removed from the tooth, meaning that all the dentine and everything else from the tooth chamber will be hollowed out, leaving only the enamel layer and the outside of the tooth. If the infection is quite severe and has spread to the jawbone or to the periodontium, antibiotics may be prescribed, but usually children are not given such medication, as it is very strong, and kid’s immune systems do not need them. The hollowed out tooth will be sealed up, and you will have to come back and have the temporary filling removed, and fi the infection is all gone, the entire tooth will be filled up with a special root filling.

Important information!

Please note that the process requires at least two visits, so please prepare your child accordingly. It is important to talk to children before a dentist’s appointment and prepare them, and reassure them that everything will be okay. Sometimes going to the dentist can be traumatic for children, and this can lead to development of bad habits and unnecessary anxiety that can cause dental problems later on in life. Please also note that the milk tooth that has been thus root canaled is more likely to break, to fracture, and to become worn down. Root canaling a milk tooth is always a temporary measure, to hold the tooth and maintain proper chewing function until the permanent teeth can come in and take over.

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