my 8 year old went in to a pediatric dentist to have a broken tooth looked at. Found several cavites (wasn't surprised). We had them worked on and she did great. I and the dentist didn't get on, and actually had some words. (I do not like her trying to control what I tell or don't tell my children)
Now, a little over a week ago, she comes to me complaining of pain and has some swelling below her jaw. Her rear molar, which apparently is an adult tooth, is the issue. Spoke to our regular dentist office (Not the pediatric dentist) and they said it is an abscess and called in some antibiotics. Then we had to try another one along with prescription strength pain meds. The swelling and pain didn't subside until I started brushing her teeth with coconut oil/oregano oil, and massaging (gently) that side of her face/neck/chest and armpits.
Called the referal endodontist who we were told would do the root canal, and they don't work on children under 12. I am not sure I want to go back to the pediatric dentist, and our regular dentist doesn't want to do it, as he's not sure he could do a good job on a little one. They usually refer out root canals in molars. They did x-rays, and you could see a tiny amount of inflamation at the base of each root. The tech even said to me later that it's possible that with her age, the roots may grow a small bit more.
All this being said, what would you do? Is there an alternative to having a root canal? I just cannot see killing this tooth if there is a possibility that it could heal. Especially being it is one she should have for the rest of her life. UGH!