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Baby Root Canal

After seeing the first dentist, I spoke to several friends about Ellery’s dead tooth.  I found out from one of them that their son had a dead tooth too, and he did a baby root canal when he was three years old, without any anesthesia!

I called her dentist to check whether there were any available appointment slots, but the dentist was packed until the end of April!  I was thinking of pursuing other options, or checking with a different dentist.

Then when I went for my own dental appointment, I met with the dentist who had seen the boys on their very first dental visit.  I asked him about Ellery’s tooth, and he advised that we should do the baby root canal because if the tooth got infected, there was a chance that the adult tooth inside would also get infected.  And if for some reason the dead tooth started to loosen and fall out, the other baby teeth would fill in the space posing problems for the adult tooth when it is time for it to erupt.

He said he had done baby root canals for children as young as two years old, and he seemed more confident and experienced than the other dentist.  Plus, his advice made sense to me as my friend mentioned that her dentist said something similar.  Leaving it alone is not advisable.  He said there would be no need for anesthesia as the tooth was already dead, so there would be no pain at all.

So I made an appointment for a few days later, and brought Ellery for his procedure.

Ellery was so good.  He was perfectly still throughout because he was pretending to be a stick insect!  He was supposed to trick the dentist that he was just a stick, and after the procedure reveal that he was actually an insect!  :)  Prior to the procedure Ellery whispered to me, “I’m a stick insect.”  When the dentist asked him what he said, Ellery replied, “It’s a secret!” :)

The dentist was also fantastic!  He talked to Ellery throughout, praising him for being so good, telling him what he was going to do next using easy to understand terms, and he worked so quickly and steadily throughout that before we knew it, he had already drilled a hole into the back of the tooth, taken out the decaying material inside, washed it, dried it and filled it!

20 minutes tops.

Ah.  Now I have peace of mind.

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