Endodontics Overview

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The Endodontics Program, located within the Department of Dentistry at Boston Children’s Hospital, provides comprehensive treatment for children and adolescents with dental trauma or extensive tooth decay.

Endodontics is a division of dentistry that specializes in the study and treatment of diseases of the tissues in the middle of the tooth (also called the “pulp” or the “nerve”).

Diseased nerves are caused by two things:

  1. Decay (bacteria)

  2. Trauma

Treatment for these types of issues typically includes root canals and either crowns or bonded restorations.   Providing endodontic treatment to a pediatric population may require special treatment.  If a child’s root is immature (young) and not fully formed, they are weaker and their roots are shorter than fully developed teeth. This situation requires additional dental procedures to help strengthen the tooth.

Few endodontic practices focus on children. Our clinicians are specially trained to provide dental care tailored to address special needs and concerns of children.  Years of experience have given us unique insight into the physical and emotional needs of this population.

Our Expertise

We offer endodontic treatment to individuals from young children to young adults.

In addition to treating children who are healthy, our endodontic specialists have substantial experience treating children with medical, emotional and physical challenges. In fact, 60 percent of Boston Children’s dental patients have special needs ranging from autistic disorders, to bipolar disorder and to cerebral palsy. We also treat children with medical conditions such as blood dysplasia and uncontrolled diabetes.

Our Mission

 The Endodontic mission is two-fold: 

  • We aim to deliver the highest quality care using an approach that will make the experience as pleasant as possible for both the child and parents. We do this by establishing trusting relationships with each child, answering their questions honestly and making sure they understand the treatment process.
  • We also have a mission to attempt to re-educate children who have been negatively pre-programmed to dentistry and turn them into patients who aren’t fearful of dental treatment.
The future of pediatrics will be forged by thinking differently, breaking paradigms and joining together in a shared vision of tackling the toughest challenges before us.”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO
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