Oral Health

Posted by: Demitri | 2009-01-23


Milk teeth route cannel?

Hi Doc, Just got back from the Dentist, I have been advised that my son of 4 years has an abscess on his far back tooth. The Dentist has rightfully given antibiotics before he can work on it. His suggestion is that my son will need a route cannel which will have to be performed in hospital and he would have to be put under. My question being milk teeth wouldn’ t it be better just to pull the tooth out? The tooth already is severely decayed. I only have a hospital plan which does not cover dentistry so it’ s going to cost a substantial amount, further more I don’ t see the point of spending all that money on a tooth that is going to fall out anyway, please could you pass back some insight.
Much Appreciated.


Expert's Reply


Oral health expert

Hi Demitri.

The procedure your dentist describes is called a pulpotomy and is regularly done in severly decayed teeth.
I, personally have never been a fan of this procedure as the abscess may recur SOMETIMES.
Having said that, it is better to always save the baby teeth as the permanent successors to these teeth will only appear at about 11-12 years of age.
Discuss your concerns with your dentist and ask him what he thinks the prognoses of the tooth will be. If he tells you the prognoses is good- do the treatment. If not, extract the tooth

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