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Should a root canal be performed on an 8yr old child's primary molar?

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Answered 2010-05-20 20:52:14

Sounds like a scam job to me. You better seek out an alternate DDS practioner. It shouldn't be too much longer, and he should lose that tooth, by nature. The secondary, or permanent tooth is actually an extension of the primary, just below it underneath the gumline. There is a chance that by an accident, the tooth may have become impacted, and then, yes, it might be good to have a root canal, if the surrounding tissue, and nerves are damaged.

AnswerThe answer above was written by someone uneduacted. Root canal therapy on primary (baby) teeth is necessary in some cases. A primary molar will not usually be shed until 11-13 years old. That primary tooth needs to hold the space for the secondary tooth erupting in about 4 years. Electing to extract has the potential for serious (and expensive) problems on down the road. Electing to do nothing is even worse.

-Yes, please if you have not had an educational background in dentistry please refrain from giving dental advise. See a pediatric dentist.

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