Sierk Children's Dentistry

Are Baby Root Canals Painful?

November 23, 2022
Posted By: Dr. Jonathan Sierk

Baby root canals are not painful when performed by a skilled, gentle, and experienced pediatric dentist like Dr. Sierk. Root canal treatment, also known as pulp therapy, saves a tooth from further damage, decay, tooth loss, or removal.

At Sierk Children’s Dentistry, our team is kind and welcoming, and we always strive to create a warm and relaxing atmosphere where children and their parents feel safe and respected. With Dr. Sierk and our team at your child’s side, you can expect the most caring hands to treat your little one’s precious smile. 

What Is a Baby Root Canal?

A baby root canal is commonly needed to treat the nerves in a primary tooth with a deep cavity. As cavities grow, they can affect the tooth’s nerve, resulting in pain and other oral health concerns. Pulp therapy for a baby (primary) tooth maintains the health and integrity of the tooth and the supporting bones and tissues. 

What Happens During a Baby Root Canal?

First and foremost, we ensure your child is comfortable, relaxed, and pain-free. We offer various calming amenities, including headphones and blankets, so that children can feel more at home during their appointment.

Next, we administer a local numbing agent to relieve pain or discomfort. Dr. Sierk then carefully removes the infected or inflamed material inside the tooth and places medication over the remaining surface. He finishes the treatment by filling the tooth and sealing it with a long-lasting restoration.

Signs My Child Might Need a Baby Root Canal 

Common signs of a root canal infection are:

  • Persistent or unprovoked dental pain
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks 
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Discomfort when chewing
  • Bump on the gums 

It’s better to be safe than sorry, so don’t hesitate to contact us for guidance if your child experiences these symptoms. 

We Protect Tiny Teeth at Sierk Children’s Dentistry 

If your child has any dental issues, including a root canal infection or deep cavity, please don’t hesitate to call our dental offices in Highlands Ranch and Castle Pines. Dr. Sierk can relieve your child’s discomfort and restore their smile so they can enjoy eating, speaking, and playing again. 

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