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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:
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.
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.
The Endodontic mission is two-fold:
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