Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Al | 2012/04/08


Root canal in 5 yr old

Hi dr in Dec the dentist put a filling on my 5 yr old sons bottom bak tooth and thereafter he started having severe toothpain. On and off. I took him back this week and it turns out the filing too close to a nerve and he says the permanent tooth is pushing out under this milk tooth. He suggests root canal under general and local a anaesthetic. My concerns are is this safe for 5 yr old it''s going to be done at a day clinic and he will leave an hour later....can''t I insist that they extract the tooth since other is pushing up... I''m really concerned re this procedure, is it worth 2 nd opinion? Pls give your view. Thanks

Expert's Reply



This is an interesting question.There is a belief that the milk teeth do not have roots but they do. These roots 'dissolve' when the permanent teeth push through. I must say that I have not heard of a child of 5 years having root canal treatment. This does sound a bit drastic especially as his permanent molar tooth has already started pushing upwards under his milk molar tooth although this tooth is still going to take at least two years or longer before it comes through.It would be best to get a second opinion as soon as possible.

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