Root Canal

Sweet Tooth Orthodontics and Children's Dentistry

Dentists & Orthodontists located in Rancho Cucamonga, CA

While a root canal procedure may seem unnecessary when it comes to your child’s baby teeth, there’s a lot to gain by preserving these teeth, which are critical to your child’s oral development. At Sweet Tooth Children’s Dentistry, Dr. Julia Brown specializes in safe and painless root canal procedures for her young patients in the Rancho Cucamonga, California area. To ensure your child’s future dental health, call or book an appointment online.

Root Canal Q & A

Why does my child need a root canal?

Often, people assume that baby teeth, are “disposable” and not worth saving since they’ll fall out anyway. That's a false assumption, though.

Baby teeth play a crucial role in your child’s development, especially when it comes to chewing and speech. On top of that, if your child loses a baby tooth too early, neighboring teeth may shift and crowd the area, making it difficult for secondary teeth to develop correctly.

For those reasons, Dr. Brown makes every effort to preserve these all-important starter teeth, including performing root canal procedures or pulp therapy.

A root canal procedure is an excellent method for protecting the underlying structure of the tooth, allowing your child’s oral health to progress as naturally, and complication-free, as possible.

What are the signs of a problem that may require a root canal?

The most obvious sign that your child may need of a root canal procedure is pain. It can be constant or only when pressure is applied directly to the tooth. Other symptoms include:

  • Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
  • A crack in the tooth that exposes the pulp
  • Swelling and redness around the tooth

A visit to Sweet Tooth Children’s Dentistry allows Dr. Brown to diagnose the problem in short order to determine whether your child may benefit from a root canal procedure.

What is a root canal procedure?

Thanks to modern techniques, a root canal procedure often is no more uncomfortable than getting a filling, and they’re done right in the comfort of Dr. Brown’s office.

During the procedure, which is performed under either local or general anesthesia, depending upon your child’s anxiety level, Dr. Brown:

  • Removes the diseased pulp inside the tooth
  • Fills the tooth with a substance that’s naturally absorbed by your child’s body when it comes time for the tooth to fall out
  • Places a crown over the tooth to protect it

Dr. Brown ensures the comfort of your child every step of the way with specially-designed treatment rooms that distract your child from the procedure.

To preserve your child’s teeth with a root canal procedure, call Sweet Tooth Children’s Dentistry or schedule an appointment using the online booking tool.