Get your health question answered instantly from our pool of 18000+ doctors from over 80 specialties

176 Doctors Online
Doctor Image
MD
Dr. Andrew Rynne

Family Physician

Exp 50 years

I will be looking into your question and guiding you through the process. Please write your question below.

Developed cavity. Is root canal treatment safe for a 4 years old?

Answered by
Dr.
Dr. Bibhu Dutt Nanda

Dentist

Practicing since :2010

Answered : 395 Questions

default
Posted on Mon, 10 Dec 2012 in Dental Health
Question: My 4 year old daughter has developed cavity (decay) on both side 1st molar teeth- lower side
She has been advised root canal treatment
My questions
Is this safe and right treatment for a 4 year old kid?
Is it safe to give local anesthesia to such a young child?
And what could be potential problems/side effects resulting from this procedure and what preventive steps we could take to avoid them?
doctor
Answered by Dr. Bibhu Dutt Nanda 1 hour later
Hello,
Thanks for writing to us,
I would like to inform you that root canal treatment for primary molars is indicated when the decay is quite large and widespread.
It is very safe and involves removal of the decayed portion followed by filling the tooth, it may take 3 or more sittings.
In case of children we can either use general anesthesia or local anesthesia to numb the tooth and perform the treatment without causing pain.
I recommend you to discuss with your dentist if general anesthesia is needed or not.
Do not worry, there are no post operative side effects associated with anesthesia,
The dentist will provide you with instructions to be taken care of after the procedure, like keep an eye on your child as she might accidentally bite on ur lip or cheek as the area remains numb for 1 hour post procedure.

I hope this answer was useful,
Feel free to post further queries,
I wish you and your daughter good health,
Take care.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Aparna Kohli
doctor
default
Follow up: Dr. Bibhu Dutt Nanda 13 hours later
Thank you Dr. Bibhu,
doctor
Answered by Dr. Bibhu Dutt Nanda 6 hours later
Hi,

I am glad you are satisfied.
Thanks for writing to us. Let me know if any further queries are there.

I wish you good health.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Mohammed Kappan
doctor
premium_optimized

The User accepted the expert's answer

Share on
Question is related to
Medical Procedures
Medical Topics

Recent questions on  Anesthesia

doctor1 MD

My husband recently had carpal tunnel surgery 4/30 and local anesthesia. Approx 1 1/2 weeks later he is not himself mentally. Some confusion, concentration ability, memory, loss of appetite, depression to name a few. Could the anesthesia have some effect on that. He has done a 180 in personality. Is there a blood test that can be taken, etc. He is scheduled drs appointment tomorrow. Surgery went fine, though Also, are there side effects to L-arginine. My husband is 63, has had previous heart attack years ago. Thank you

doctor1 MD

My 39-year-old daughter who has NDPH had surgery yesterday and now has so much unrelenting head pain that she is inconsolable. 1. Are there medicines to counteract the remnants of whatever drug/s anesthesiologists used to put her under? 2. Where can we take her to get the best INPATIENT help to get her off of all of her long list of prescribed medications to see how bad her NDPH actually is after having it and taking all kinds of medicines for 9 years? Please help us...I don t know how much longer she can fight this terrible fight!

doctor1 MD

84 year old man, never a health issue, exercises daily eats extremely healthy. 9 months ago starts to loose weight and begins to have difficulty in normal daily activities. Family becomes concern and sets the wheels in motion to figure out what is wrong. Come to find out that this man needs a triple bypass. Has the operation. The first three days out of surgery no problems, gets moved out ICU. Day four has episodes of V-Tach and then that night codes. After 25 minutes doctors revive him. They keep him under sedation and something called a cooling vest for the next 24 hours (amongst other machines like a respirator) and quite a few I.V. meds. Day 5 he slowly wakes and before an assessment for the possibility of brain loss he goes into v-tach that they can no longer control with the external pace maker. They make an emergent decison to implant a devise that night. He makes it through the night. Once the sedation wore off the next morning (day 6), his v-tach episodes return so then the docs make another decision to go in and preform mapping and ablation. Day 7, the episodes still occur but not as intense, docs are letting him rest over the weekend and then will reassess on monday. His condition hasn t worsened but hasn t improved either. What are his chances?

doctor1 MD

My 73 y.o. mother had a hernia repair yesterday (under general anesthesia) is now on 5mg Lortab 1-2 tabs q 6 h... we just got her some phenergan for her nausea. She couldn't sleep last night d/t "heart beating in her teeth & loud in her ears" . Her blood pressure was normal upon release from procedure... & is on BP medication. Is this "normal" ?

doctor1 MD

i was in renal and liver failure due large vol blood loss surgery 8 days before rec 2 abc transfusion all organs compromised and prescribed hydrocortisone 10 egg day but i have a 50-50 shot to survive this med is effect kidneys and liver red blood...

doctor1 MD

What does a mastoidectomy involve? What type of care is required before and after such a procedure?

doctor1 MD

hi im having a kidney stone removed and a new stent put in but i found out i have an enlarged heart i was told that you cant use anasthsia on an enlarged heart also will they send me to a cardologist before surgery how long does it take to get an...