3 Signs Your Child Needs a Baby Root Canal

Smiling young dark haired boy in the dental chair

Even though children’s teeth will eventually fall out, they still need their baby teeth taken care of to prevent dental pain and disease. Helotes Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics would like to start seeing your child for regular preventive dental care as soon as their first tooth erupts. It’s essential to stay on top of their oral hygiene, but dental issues could still happen. Take note of anything unusual and bring them to our attention if you have concerns.

Here are three signs that your child might need a baby root canal.

  1. Tooth Pain
  2. Dental pain is the most noticeable sign that there is something wrong with your teeth. If your child complains about tooth pain that is intense or doesn’t go away, they may need dental assistance immediately. You may also want to look for other dental pain symptoms like rubbing their cheeks or difficulty chewing.

  3. Gum Tenderness
  4. Tender or swollen gums can be another sign of an infected tooth. Gum tenderness surrounding a tooth is an indication that your child might need a baby root canal.

  5. Pus Formation
  6. While you’re inspecting your child’s gums, you may want to look for pimple-looking formations on the gums. This can be filled with pus and is a sign that an infection has taken place.

What Are Baby Root Canals?

Baby root canals are similar to root canals that adults receive. There are a few key differences. Baby root canals only remove the infected pulp, not necessarily all of it. Since we don’t need to remove as much pulp, the procedure tends to be shorter and less invasive.

Gentle Care in Helotes, TX

Our pediatric dentists are dedicated to ensuring that your child has a healthy smile. If your child is experiencing any symptoms of poor oral health, please give us a call. We’re happy to schedule an appointment or a consultation.

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