Root canal therapy (RCT), or endodontics, is a procedure that treats the nerves of your adult teeth. Endodontics deals with the tooth pulp (the center of your tooth) and the tissue that surrounds it. The purpose of a root canal is to save the root and the crown of your tooth in order to maintain its function. During this procedure, we remove the nerves and blood vessels from your tooth’s canal and replace them with a bio-compatible sealer and rubber called gutta percha. Although the tooth is technically no longer alive after this procedure, it still functions just like all of your other teeth. Many people think that root canals are painful, but at La Petite Dentistry, we are here to tell you that this is a myth. Root canals do not hurt, they in fact, relieve the patient of the pain they are feeling, improving oral health condition and enhancing overall well-being.
You may be thinking, “do kids have to get root canals”? Although rare, yes, there are instances where pediatric root canals are necessary and we are the specialists who can perform them. With years of experience, Dr. Mancini is your trusted pediatric dentist with a tremendous success rate.
A tooth extraction is another way to say tooth removal or the pulling of your child’s tooth. This process includes the removal of the tooth from its socket and bone due to decay, fracture, infection, or periodontal disease. It’s also used to make room for other adult teeth as they grow in.
What to expect
When your child comes into La Petite Dentistry for an extraction, you can expect that they will be given a local anesthetic. Your child will also be told to notify us of any pain or discomfort they experience right away. When the extraction is complete, a blood clot will form and the socket will be packed with gauze to help slow the bleeding. Depending on the severity of the extraction, we may place a few stitches that will dissolve in time.
If you think that our child needs an extraction, we ask that you do not pull the tooth on your own. Removing teeth at home can cause infections and more pain than it’s worth. After you come into La Petite Dentistry for your child’s procedure, you will be given a detailed list on what to expect for after care. Your child may experience some pain, therefore, it’s important to give your child the prescribed medications so they can fully recover. You may also use ice to reduce swelling and have them gargle with salt water. As your child heals, have them avoid
- Drinking from a straw
- Eating hard or crunchy foods
Say no to cavities
If you think that your child has a cavity, they probably need a filling and La Petite Dentistry is the place to go. It is our goal to make your child’s dental fillings and tooth restoration as simple and painless as possible, by using the most advanced technological diagnosis and treatment options. We understand that your child may be a little afraid, so we never use shots to numb the gums and only provide mercury-free, BPA-free materials.
A procedure you can trust
When your child gets a filling, you should know that we do not use silver to fix the decay. Metal fillings can contain mercury and can also expand in the tooth over time, creating problems and further decay. At La Petite Dentistry, we use a tooth-colored substance that is made from resins and porcelain adding strength to the tooth in question.