Children’s dentistry "Baby root canals": What are they?

Q: I’ve heard of kids needing to have a “baby root canal.” How are they different from adult root canals?

A: Kids need root canals (also known as pulpotomies) when cavities on their teeth reach the pulp chamber, the center of the tooth which houses the tooth’s blood vessels and nerves. In a pulpotomy, the pulp tissue is removed from the crown part of the tooth and medicine is placed to kill possible remaining bacteria and calm down the remaining nerve. This procedure is typically followed by placing a prefabricated crown on the tooth so bacteria can’t enter the tooth and infect it again.

An adult root canal involves going down the root of the tooth, but a baby root canal is less complicated and takes much less time.

Dr. Natalie Khadavi sees children and adults in Culver City and serves the greater Los Angeles area. Visit our website or give us a call at (310) 482-3971 for more information about how we can provide you and your family with healthy smiles that last a lifetime.

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