Does Your Child Have a Persistent Toothache?
Visit Dr. Ellen Im Pediatric Dentistry for Relief
Toothaches are caused by inflammation or infection of the soft, inner portion of tooth (also known as the pulp). If your child is experiencing pain, know that it’s normal. The pulp can become infected for a variety of reasons like tooth decay or even a chipped tooth.
With endodontic dentistry, commonly referred to as root canal therapy, Dr. Ellen can remove infected pulp and seal the tooth, so your child’s smile is returned to good health—without pain!
How to Know If Your Child
Needs a Root Canal
Signs That Your Child Is in Need of Dental Treatment
What to Expect During a Pediatric Root Canal
Dr. Ellen begins by applying a local anesthesia to your child’s tooth which numbs the area during the procedure. Although root canals have a notorious reputation, modern dental methods have rendered them pain-free.
After the anesthesia kicks in, Dr. Ellen makes a small hole in the tooth to remove the infected pulp. Then she cleans the empty root canal and applies anti-bacterial medication to prevent further infection. Finally, she fills the tooth with gutta-percha—a rubbery material—that seals the canal.
Once the infected root is removed and sealed, Dr. Ellen will fit your child with a crown. A crown is a tooth-shaped fitting that sits over the tooth and restores the natural look, feel and function of your child’s tooth.
With an Eye on Comfort
Your Child Is in Good Hands at Dr. Ellen Im Pediatric Dentistry
Dr. Ellen uses minimally invasive treatments with a goal of preserving your child’s natural tooth as much as possible, while providing a comforting, gentle experience. In fact, with modern dental methods, your child’s root canal won’t be any more uncomfortable than a cavity filling.
And, during the appointment, we’ll help put your child at ease with creature comforts, like a warm blanket to snuggle up in, and sunglasses if the examination light seems a little too bright. We also have distractions, including headphones, TVs, iPads and kids’ books at our Poway office.
"Dr. Im and her staff are excellent. They are all so friendly and really know how to make my children and me comfortable throughout the entire visit!"
"The office staff is super nice and willing to work with you on appt scheduling, payments, anything! I had a ton of questions and they were all answered promptly and politely."
"They take extra care with the kids and are very patient with them. Not a tear shed during the experience. I highly recommend them!"
"My daughter was anxious about going to the dentist for the first time, but Dr. Im made her feel very comfortable by making her smile and laugh."
"Still absolutely love this dentist. Each chair has a TV screen or an iPad with Netflix and my daughter never wants to leave! We were expected to have a 4-6 month orthodontia treatment and 5 months later she's done!"
"Dr. Im and her staff are awesome. My children feel very comfortable here. My daughters always look forward to retrieving their prize at the end of their check up. I wouldn't take my kids anywhere else."
"Dr. Ellen is excellent! Definitely, hands down the best pediatric office! My Son had to get some treatment done and without a doubt Dr. Ellen was extremely caring and fun!"
"Dr. Ellen Im is a dentist that is extremely careful and caring to her patients. I highly suggest you go here because it is a great dentistry and the prices are pretty cheap considering this dentistry is amazing."
"Dr. Ellen Im is the most caring dentist I have ever met. My daughter loves coming to see her and we would never think to go anywhere else. She is amazing with the kids and takes her time. Her staff is wonderful and friendly."
"Dr. Ellen is amazing! My boys all loved her and felt comfortable around her. Which is a very big deal. I recommend anybody who wants to take their children to a dentist who will actually care about your child, to see them."