Root Canal Therapy & Stainless Steel Crowns
Root canal therapy
The pulp of a tooth cannot be seen with the naked eye. It is found at the centre of each tooth and is comprised of nerves and blood vessels which provide nutrients and oxygen to the tooth. There are several ways in which the pulp can be damaged. Tooth decay or traumatic injury commonly lead to painful pulp exposure and inflammation or infection.
Children’s pulp therapy is also called root canal therapy, pulpotomy, pulpectomy and nerve treatment. The goal of pulp therapy is to treat infection and save the affected tooth. Children’s dentists perform pulp therapy on deciduous (baby) and permanent teeth. If possible it is ideal to retain baby teeth until they are naturally lost as they are needed for speech, chewing and to maintain the space for the subsequent permanent teeth.
Signs of pulp injury and infection are:
- Severe pain
- Night-time pain
- The tooth may be sensitive to hot and cold
- Swelling or redness around the affected tooth
- Looseness of the affected tooth
The children’s dentist will assess the state of the tooth and age of the child prior to recommending root canal therapy.
Stainless Steel Crowns
Stainless steel crowns are metal caps used by dentists to repair a decayed baby molar (back tooth) and to prevent it decaying further. They are made to fit the shape and size of a child’s molar and are used to cap teeth with big cavities. Stainless steel crowns are children’s dental specialists preferred method of restoring large cavities as they last far longer than regular fillings.