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A root canal isn’t something that’s done to create more space for floating boats in your child’s mouth. Not that that even makes sense, but you’d be surprised at how many people don’t know what’s really involved in the root canal process.

Luckily, we do, and we can help educate you on what a root canal is. Part of that education lies in understanding when you do and don’t need one, and how the procedure helps improve your oral health.

What is a root canal?
A root canal is a procedure in which the pulp of a dead tooth is removed from that tooth. The pulp is the name for the bundle of blood vessels and nerves inside your teeth. Pulp is what gives your teeth “life” and the pulp actively fights against infection and decay.

When that pulp gets infected, however, it can lead to tooth death. If not treated quickly, it will lead to infections of surrounding teeth, and can even cause gum disease.

When might my teen need a root canal?
Ultimately, the need for a root canal is determined by Dr. Amber N. Wright and the rest of the team here at Smile Wright Dental in Springfield, Ohio. But it’s a procedure only done when absolutely necessary to save a tooth. Removing pulp from a tooth isn’t something to be done lightly, and your teen will usually only have a root canal occur if their pulp is at risk of infecting other teeth.

How do I prevent my child needing one?
The best way to avoid needing a root canal is to practice stellar oral health. Encourage your teen to brush twice daily, floss, use mouthwash, and to come in for their annual cleanings and checkups. These are simple, but vital, steps to avoiding a root canal.

For more information, don’t hesitate to reach out to us today at 937-322-5437.