If a tooth has suffered from decay and damage that has progressed past the typical cavity stage, Dr. Lund and Dr. Markham may determine that root canal therapy is necessary. A severe or lingering toothache could be the sign that a root canal may be needed. When a cavity reaches advanced stages, bacteria eat away at the tissue and dental pulp within a tooth and create a great deal of pain as it dies. Root canal therapy is a process in which Dr. Lund and Dr. Markham remove damaged dental pulp and decay from the roots of the tooth and cleans the tooth. Once the tooth is cleaned, it is filled with a medicated material to support the tooth and help it recover. After a root canal, the dentist will often fit the tooth with a dental crown to give the tooth support and protect it against further damage.
Many people ask and are anxious about the discomfort associated with root canal therapy. Oftentimes, the parents are more worried than the children and can add to the anxiety. However, the painfulness of a root canal is largely a myth and leftover from the past when the current technologies and anesthetics we have were not readily available. With today’s modern techniques and medication, root canal therapy is typically as comfortable as a standard filling. We encourage parents to be positive about the experience to help your child as much as possible. Our gentle and understanding dental team will also guide you through the process and make sure that your child is as comfortable and relaxed as possible.
To learn more about pediatric root canal therapy in Price, Utah, we invite you to contact our office to speak with a helpful dental professional. Friendly members of our team at Price Pediatric Dentistry are always ready to assist you.