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Friday, December 6, 2013
Root canal for my 9-year-old
I have taken my 9 yr old to the dentist and she recommended he have a root canal on one of his adult bottom molars. However, when I talked to the endodontist to schedule the procedure he said he did not believe a root canl should be done on a child because their tooth would not be fully developed. Now I don`t know what to do. Can you advise?
It is common for an endodontist to perform procedures other than a root canal on a tooth that is still alive to try to allow a young tooth to develop fully. If the tooth is no longer alive, those types of procedures are usually not possible, and a root canal is usually done. Your endodontist should be able to discuss this with you and answer any questions.
Melissa McCartney Drum, DDS, MS
Assistant Professor of Endodontics
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University