Treatment for Children
Children’s teeth have underdeveloped roots and thin canal walls. For this reason, special care is needed to repair their teeth to a natural, healthy state. At The Endodontic Group, we can perform an apexification or an apexogenesis to improve the chances of saving an immature tooth from extraction.
Apexification is similar to traditional root canal therapy. The unhealthy pulp tissue is removed and a medication is placed to encourage hard tissue formation near the root tip. This creates a barrier between the root tip and the filling. Though the treatment will save the tooth, the root tips will not continue to develop, and the tooth can become vulnerable to fractures. Proper restoration of the tooth with a crown, inlay, or onlay will minimize the risk of future damage.
This approach involves a medication placed within the tooth to help the pulp heal. The root tips can continue to grow during the healing process, and the walls of the root canal thicken to prevent the risk of fractures. Apexogenesis is the preferred treatment, though it isn’t always successful and apexification may eventually be required.