The term root canal can be a scary term for some parents—but it shouldn’t be! When a tooth has become badly damaged or compromised, a root canal for kids can often save the tooth. The procedure also eliminates pain and discomfort for your little one. And, at Kangaroo Smiles Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Mona Beylin, Dr. Simon Beylin, and the entire Kangaroo Krew are united in striving to make your child feel safe, comfortable, and at ease during any pediatric dental service.
Five Questions to Ask a Dentist Who Provides Root Canals for Kids
When choosing a dentist to perform a root canal on your child, it’s helpful to consider a few factors. Here are some questions you can ask a potential candidate:
- What is your dental education and experience in providing root canals for children?
- How many root canals have you performed on young children?
- What options can you offer my child for pain and discomfort?
- How long will it take for my child to recover after a root canal?
- Are there any steps we can take to help prevent further root canals?
At Kangaroo Smiles, Dr. Simon handles all root canals on permanent teeth, and Dr. Mona performs pulpotomies on baby teeth. Dr. Simon specializes in endodontic care, with a background that includes an Oral Surgery Fellowship, General Practice Residency, and Masters of Dental Technology degree. Similarly, Dr. Mona has an extensive background and experience in providing a diverse variety of pediatric dental services.
How Do I Know for Sure If My Child Needs a Root Canal?
At Kangaroo Smiles, we always conduct a thorough examination of a patient’s teeth and mouth. We’ll also likely capture x-rays to pinpoint the damage on the affected tooth. A root canal for kids is designed to remove the infection from a tooth. If a cavity has become too large to fill, has suffered nerve damage, or is compromised, a root canal will likely be recommended.
Since Kangaroo Smiles specializes in offering pediatric dental services, parents take comfort in knowing that when a root canal is performed:
- The root canal area will be completely numbed
- Laughing gas is provided to help children feel at ease
- Favorite movies are available to watch during the procedure
- Most kids feel significantly better after a couple of days after
To help protect teeth from future damage, Dr. Mona may recommend that little ones receive an SDF fluoride treatment and/or sealants. Both preventative options provide extra protection against tooth decay.
If you want to learn more about the process of root canals for kids, how much a baby root canal costs, or root canal recovery, we’d love to hear from you. Click here to get started or call us at (978) 425-1496.