Patients and members of the general public are asking certain questions a lot. The purpose of this article is to clarify these questions and answers.
Root canal treatment Pulpotomy (or Pulpectomy) means removal of the infected soft tissue (pulp) from inside a tooth, cleaning and disinfecting it, and filling it with a filling material from the apex of the root to the crown of the tooth. The procedure is absolutely safe for children.
Holding a tooth until its normal age of exfoliation is very important for the proper growth and development of the underlying permanent tooth and is additionally representative of maintaining the area for the erupted larger permanent teeth.
Early removal, loss, or extraction of a milk tooth can cause shrinkage of the space between teeth, resulting in malalignment of its permanent successor. Hence, it is important to restore the milk teeth before the permanent teeth erupt. That is why a dentist recommends root canal treatment for a milk tooth and advises removal only when it cannot be saved.
The basic difference between the root canal treatment of a milk tooth and a permanent tooth is that the filling material in a permanent tooth is permanent, while the one in a milk tooth is resorbable.
In case a milk tooth has to be extracted early, a dentist may advise placing a space maintainer to prevent the migration of adjacent teeth.