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Posted by: Al | 2012/04/10

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Root canal in 5 yr old

Hi dr in dec the dentist put a. Filling in my 5 yr olds back bottom tooth. Soon after he complained of pain when eating an drinking. It got worse in feb and another dentist gave antibiotics. It happened again last week again an X-ray with the following verdict, the filling is too close to a nerve, also the permanent tooth is pushing up under this very tooth, I think he also had an abscess. Again antibiotics and to return in 4 weeks for a root canal , do I need a second opinion. Is it safe for a 5 yr old. Is removing the tooth not better since I''ve heard of so many come backs with root canals and especially if the permanent tooth is pushing up? What is the safest thing to do here? If his teeth grow funny I am of the believe there are methods to rectify that later when his older?

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Pulpotomies (removing the nerve) are a common procedure but they do fail at times.
The permanent tooth that replcaces this tooth will erupt at about 11.
If the pulpotomoy is succsessful this is your best option. The other option if you do not want to do thisa is an extraction.

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Posted by: dental expert | 2012/04/11

Pulpotomies (removing the nerve) are a common procedure but they do fail at times.
The permanent tooth that replcaces this tooth will erupt at about 11.
If the pulpotomoy is succsessful this is your best option. The other option if you do not want to do thisa is an extraction.

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