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Root Canals Ask The Endodontist Corinne Scalzitti Question:
My now 7 year old daughter had two root canals and four stainless steel crowns on her teeth three years ago. The two root canal teeth were part of the crowns.

Since the procedure was performed, all four of the crowned teeth have abcessed over a period of three years (one per year). Her fourth abcess was recently diagnosed and we are to have the tooth removed soon.

We are vigilant in her oral hygeine. Could there be any correlation between the stainless steel and the abcess? ...Visitor from MN

When root canals are done on children, it is really only a partial removal of the nerve tissue and a chemical is placed to "mumify" the rest of the nerve.

The remaining nerve tissue is probably what caused the abscesses. I doubt that the stainless steel crowns contributed to this.

It is probably time to have those teeth removed anyway because her permanent teeth should be in soon.

Corinne Scalzitti, DMD, MAGD

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