Endodontics in Children
Damage to pulps of teeth in children at a young age may cause the root to seize its development into a mature root. This creates a root that has an open end. Apexogenesis and Apexification are procedures aimed at closing the root ends of these teeth. In Apexogenesis, a medicament is placed in order to “resuscitate” the pulp and allow it to continue to develop the root physiologically.
If the pulp of the tooth is completely dead and thus unable to be “resuscitated”, apexification is performed. Apexification is a procedure which helps close the ends of the root artificially, using biocompatible materials and barriers.