When you get a toothache, it’s often hard to ignore. The same should be true if your child complains of a toothache, as well. Even if the aching doesn’t seem severe at first, it may not take long for whatever is causing it to grow much more serious. This will lead to more intense discomfort as well as bigger problems for your child’s oral health. At our Galveston, TX, children’s dental office, we also take children’s toothaches seriously. After precisely diagnosing the cause of it, we can recommend a personalized, conservative treatment option for alleviating your child’s toothache.
Give it immediate attention
When your child complains of a toothache, try to lessen it as soon as you can. First, you’re your child rinse carefully with warm water to dislodge anything that may be stuck between teeth. Placing an ice pack or a cold compress on the side of the mouth where the tooth hurts may help numb the area slightly, as well. As soon as the discomfort is under control, or if you’re unable to do so, call our office immediately to schedule an emergency dental visit.
Schedule an emergency visit
Your child’s tooth can hurt for many different reasons, but in most cases, seeking treatment as soon as possible is the only way to relieve it and stop it from growing worse. During your child’s emergency dental visit, we’ll:
- Diagnose the toothache – We can’t treat your child’s toothache until we know its cause, which is why the first step is a careful examination of your child’s teeth and oral tissues. A visual inspection will help us detect any damage to your child’s tooth, or the potential for a developing cavity. If necessary, we may also use digital imaging to gain a more detailed view of your child’s oral health.
- Treat the toothache – Once we know what’s causing your child’s toothache, we can effectively alleviate it with customized treatment. For example, if your child has a cavity, then a lifelike tooth-colored filling may be able to restore the tooth and stop it from hurting. If the tooth’s enamel is weak, but has not yet developed a cavity, then treatments such as fluoride or dental sealants may help strengthen and protect the tooth.
Call us if your child has a toothache
Pain in your child’s tooth can indicate a potentially serious issue that, if ignored, could mean more severe oral health consequences later. If your child develops a toothache, then schedule an appointment by calling Children’s Dental in Galveston, TX, today at 409-744-4551.