Milk tooth or deciduous tooth emerge into oral cavity by 6 months after birth and stays till 12 years of age. During this whole process of eruption and shedding there is high chance for these tooth to get decayed , infected and broken. Once they are infected beyond control the only two treatment options that can be administered are root canal treatment and extraction.
This is where most of the parents get confused.
When you extract a tooth before their physiological shedding time there is high chance and tendency for the nearest tooth to shift and occupy that space complicating the complete arch form.
This may result in space loss and the succedaneous permanent tooth will erupt in wrong position resulting in crowding of arch.
This complication can be avoided if root canal treatment is done in correct time. In this procedure the affected tooth is cleaned by removing infections and pulp (nerves and vessels or the living tissue) followed by packing a medication inside to maintain the tooth in the oral cavity till its physiological eruption time.
Root canal therapy can save the child’s tooth. There is no age limit to undergo the procedure. This can help the permanent tooth to come properly into the mouth and this can also improve child’s speech development and bite.