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My 2 year old has a gum infection and the dentist wants to do a root canal. Is this normal?

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Dr. Sal Aragona
Dentistry
5 doctors agree

In brief: Pulpotomy

When a baby (primary) tooth abscesses, it typically will swell the gum tissue right near the tooth.
Most dentists recommend to maintain these baby teeth until the permanent teeth are ready to come in to maintain the space. To do this the procedure that involves a "root canal" on baby teeth is called a pulpotomy.

In brief: Pulpotomy

When a baby (primary) tooth abscesses, it typically will swell the gum tissue right near the tooth.
Most dentists recommend to maintain these baby teeth until the permanent teeth are ready to come in to maintain the space. To do this the procedure that involves a "root canal" on baby teeth is called a pulpotomy.
Dr. Sal Aragona
Dr. Sal Aragona
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Dr. Alfredo Garcia
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Gum infection

First approach should be to treat the infection.
If successfully treated, i would doubt a root canal is indicated.

In brief: Gum infection

First approach should be to treat the infection.
If successfully treated, i would doubt a root canal is indicated.
Dr. Alfredo Garcia
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Dr. H E Henry
I guess this answer depends upon the cause; doubt RCT would be recommended unless a nonvital primary was involved.
Dr. H E Henry
Of course the treatment for a localized infection such as parulis is not antibiotic but rather eliminate source if from necrotic tooth by RC
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In brief: Pulpotomy

If you have a tooth abscess it's probably because it first was a tooth cavity.
A baby root canal or pulpotomy would be in order if you wanted to save the tooth however it doesn't address the infection and the infection may get worse. Beware of saving teeth and keeping infections.

In brief: Pulpotomy

If you have a tooth abscess it's probably because it first was a tooth cavity.
A baby root canal or pulpotomy would be in order if you wanted to save the tooth however it doesn't address the infection and the infection may get worse. Beware of saving teeth and keeping infections.
Dr. Marvin Pantangco
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Dr. James Wright
Dentistry

In brief: Second Opinion

Something sounds unusual.
How does a 2 year old have a cavity that involves the nerve? Get a second opinion and discuss causes and prevention with the dentists.

In brief: Second Opinion

Something sounds unusual.
How does a 2 year old have a cavity that involves the nerve? Get a second opinion and discuss causes and prevention with the dentists.
Dr. James Wright
Dr. James Wright
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2 comments
Dr. H E Henry
Traumatic injury from a fall can devitalize tooth; nursing bottle caries from pacifying child with sweet liquids at bedtime is not rare.
Dr. James Wright
I agree with Dr. Henry...
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