As a parent, you want your child to have the very best in dental care. Of course you call your family dentist for an appointment right away if any of your child’s baby (primary) teeth are injured in any way or your child complains about pain with his or her teeth. In turn, the dentist may examine the teeth and refer your child to Santa Rosa Endodontics for an appointment with Dr. Emine Loxley, DDS.
Your pediatric dentist will reassure you that getting the tooth restored properly is the most important goal at this time. As specialists in treating and managing children’s dental needs, he or she will evaluate the situation and may refer you to Dr. Loxley, Santa Rosa’s premier endodontist.
Endodontists perform an additional 2-3 years of training in how to diagnose and treat pulpal problems after completing dental school. Root induction is an important way of compensating for the loss of nourishment-providing pulp within the child’s tooth. Pulp is a network of soft tissue below the top of each tooth and within the roots. It contains a nerve, artery, and vein that carry nutrients to build and strengthen enamel and encourage, or induce, the roots to form correctly.
Dr. Loxley will talk with you and your child to find out about the pain, such as when and where it hurts. You child may not be old enough to describe the feeling or area. Parents are encouraged to bring notes about what they have noticed and review them with Dr. Loxley or one of her assistants at Santa Rosa Endodontics. The data helps diagnose decay and trauma in primary and immature permanent teeth.
Injury and/or infection can cause decay within the pulp. If it is not treated, the child may end up losing the primary tooth and spreading decay to the permanent teeth below, which may require trauma treatment later on. Dr. Loxley has the experience and training to perform pediatric root canal therapy, starting with applying anesthetic to ensure the pain is minimal or not felt at all. It is more complicated than a root canal for adults because teeth and roots are still forming. The pulp chambers and canals are cleaned thoroughly before applying medication to eliminate bacteria. As mentioned above, Dr. Loxley places a special filling into the canals that encourage the root to continue maturing.
The decision to perform an extraction or some type of root canal therapy, including root induction, should be based on which treatment will cause the least amount of damage to the permanent tooth. Follow-care is essential regardless of the type of treatment given by Dr. Loxley to maintain good dental health and verify the tooth and root are recovering as expected.