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Root canal for an 8 year old.

So. My 8 year old was playing at for P.E. and hit the floor and knocked out his two front adult teeth. We took him to the dentist (dental insurance became active today, yay!) and they said the way they were knocked out he needs a root canal. What will they do and how long will it take?

 
matthewscandi

Asked by matthewscandi at 12:25 PM on Sep. 1, 2010 in General Parenting

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  • During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. Without treatment, the tissue surrounding the tooth will become infected and abscesses may form.
    The first step in the procedure is to take an X-ray to see the shape of the root canals and determine if there are any signs of infection in a surrounding bone. Your dentist or endodontist will then use local anesthesia to numb the area near the tooth. Anesthesia may not be necessary, since the nerve is dead, but most dentists still anesthetize the area to make the patient more relaxed and at ease.

    Next, to keep the area dry and free of saliva during treatment, your dentist will place a rubber dam (a sheet of rubber) around the tooth.

    An access hole will then be drilled into the tooth. The pulp along with bacteria, the decayed nerve tissue and related debris is removed from the tooth. The cleaning out process is accomp
    SuperrMommyy

    Answer by SuperrMommyy at 12:27 PM on Sep. 1, 2010

  • it will take a few hours and he'll be sore for awhile. They will put him under most likely and remove the roots of the teeth then either the same time or soon after they will most likely put in fake teeth. My mom did the same when she was little actually except she was jumping on the couch and fell on the radiator and knocked out her teeth but still has them to this day and that was 40+ years ago
    HTMommy

    Answer by HTMommy at 12:28 PM on Sep. 1, 2010

  • This is a question for the dentist obviously.


    Obviously. My son's DENTIST said he had to have a root canal but, I am still trying to process all of this and figure out what is going to happen since it happened at 9:00 this morning. He has an appt at 3:30.

    matthewscandi

    Comment by matthewscandi (original poster) at 12:32 PM on Sep. 1, 2010

  • Ouch! root canals are really painful, although they will give some kind of painkiller when doing the procedure. I've never encountered a situation where they would do a procedure like that on an eight year old. They usually do that with teeth that have dying nerve endings and cannot be restored. Are there any other options besides that? Root canals are expensive dental procedures.
    CafeMochaMom1

    Answer by CafeMochaMom1 at 12:37 PM on Sep. 1, 2010

  • So far that is the only option but, we are going to a specialist so maybe he won't have to. His roots are showing.
    matthewscandi

    Comment by matthewscandi (original poster) at 12:40 PM on Sep. 1, 2010

  • As a former dental assistant I assisted on many root canals. Here is what it consists of: root canals usually require one to two visits . Your dentist will numb the area around the affected tooth then a rubber dental dam is placed and the tooth is then drilled to the pulp area either through the top or the back of the tooth. Then they remove the pulp and irrigate the canal with an antiseptic solution. The canals are then filled with gutta percha, a flexible plastic material. A temporary filling is then put on top of that. Then after the root canal is done a post and core and crown is suggested. The post to stabilize the tooth, a core to build up tooth structure and a crown to finish it all off. The post and core/ crown prep are done at another appointment, and the very last appointment is when the permanent crown is placed. So all told it could take 3-4 appointments to have your son's teeth all fixed up.
    MizLee

    Answer by MizLee at 1:56 PM on Sep. 1, 2010

  • They can't do a crown until he is 13. They said he will have a temp "teeth" for his front teeth until then.
    matthewscandi

    Comment by matthewscandi (original poster) at 2:35 PM on Sep. 1, 2010

  • This is a question for the dentist obviously. It's unusual to have a root canal in a front tooth. My son has abnormal teeth because I was sick when I was pregnant and they didn't form right. He had several root canals as a child and did fine with just shots (no gas or sedation).

    Gailll

    Answer by Gailll at 12:29 PM on Sep. 1, 2010

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