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If your child begins complaining of tooth pain without an accompanying fever or facial swelling, it’s likely not an emergency. Still, you should have us check it—and the sooner the better if the pain persists or keeps your child up at night. There are a number of possible causes, any of which if untreated could be detrimental to their dental health.
Before coming in, though, you can do a cursory check of your child’s mouth to see if you notice any abnormalities. The most common cause for a toothache is tooth decay, which you might be able to see evidence of in the form of cavities or brown spots on the tooth’s biting surfaces. If you notice swollen or reddened gums around a tooth, this could be a possible sign of a localized area of infection known as an abscess. You should also ask your child if they fell or were hit in the mouth and look for any signs of an injury.
If you don’t see anything unusual, there may be another cause—stuck food like popcorn or candy lodged and exerting painful pressure on the gum tissue or tooth. You may be able to intervene in this case: gently floss around the affected tooth to try to dislodge any food particles. The pain may ease if you’re able to remove any. Even so, if you see abnormalities in the mouth or the pain doesn’t subside, you should definitely plan to come in for an examination.
In the meantime, you can help ease discomfort with a child-appropriate dose of ibuprofen or acetaminophen. An ice pack against the outside jaw may also help, but be careful not to apply ice directly to the skin. And under no circumstances rub aspirin or other painkiller directly on the gums—like ice, these products can burn the skin. If these efforts don’t help you should try to see us the same day or first thing the next morning for advanced treatment.
The main thing is not to panic. Knowing what to look for and when to see us will help ensure your child’s tooth pain will be cared for promptly.
If you would like more information on handling dental issues with your child, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “A Child’s Toothache.”
If you have tooth pain that just won’t go away then it’s time you did something about it.
Tooth pain is not normal and it’s certainly not something that should be ignored. After all, your tooth is trying to tell you something so it’s time you listened and called our Danbury, CT dentist Dr. George Landress for help. The longer you wait the worse off your tooth will be.
The most common causes of tooth pain include:
- Tooth sensitivity
- Dental decay
- A cracked tooth
- Inflamed or damaged dental pulp
If you notice that your teeth are only sensitive to hot or cold foods and drinks for a few minutes then there probably isn’t any issue; however, tooth sensitivity that lingers could be trying to tell you that you have tooth decay or an exposed tooth root. If toothpastes for sensitive teeth aren’t doing the trick then it’s time to see your Danbury, CT general dentist for treatment.
If you have dental pain that shows up whenever you eat something or put pressure on your tooth then you may be dealing with a cavity. Of course, most cavities don’t even cause symptoms and so the only way to truly determine whether you have a cavity is by coming in every six months for your preventive dental exams and cleanings. If you notice that the problem tooth also has a brown spot on it then you may be dealing with decay.
A cracked tooth may also be to blame if you notice pain when biting down or releasing your bite. A cracked tooth will need to be treated so the problem doesn’t get worse. If the crack is bad enough we will need to buff out the crack and then place a dental crown over the tooth to protect it from further damage.
Inflamed Dental Pulp
A dental infection will continue to get worse until it is properly treated. So if you are noticing chronic or severe dental pain then the infection may have already spread to the inside of the tooth, known as the dental pulp. Once the pulp is damaged or infected we will need to treat the tooth with a root canal. If the tooth is too far damaged that even root canal treatment won’t work then we may need to remove the tooth.
Who wants to put up with a toothache day in and day out? We certainly wouldn’t! If you are in dental distress call our Danbury, CT dental office today to schedule a visit with us.