There are a number of new and interesting experiences that occur during childhood. A toothache is not one that you want your child to have, if at all possible. The child who develops tooth pain may feel frightened and may be unable to describe the problem. If your child expresses that a tooth hurts, you need not feel helpless or worried. A toothache is an emergency that can be quickly handled by your pediatric dentist at sherway dentistry in Etobicoke.
Whether you have been scheduled for a same-day visit or your appointment is the day after your call to our office, you can do some investigating to facilitate the most accurate diagnosis and treatment for your child.
- Observe whether the pain seems to worsen when your child eats or drinks a warm or cold food or beverage.
- If you can pinpoint the problematic tooth, touch it to see if it is sensitive.
- See if the painful tooth is loose or broken.
- Observe the gums, looking for redness, swelling, or bumps.
- Ask your child to describe what he or she is feeling. Is it constant pain? Does it throb? Does it hurt worse when eating?
If you notice any symptoms in addition to the toothache, such as swelling in the mouth, general fatigue, or fever, make note of them.
It may be possible to relieve your child's pain by applying a warm or cool cloth to the cheek. Properly-dosed over-the-counter pain relieving medication may be used, and the mouth can be rinsed with warm, salty water if your child can do this without swallowing. These temporary solutions are intended to improve comfort. They do not take the place of professional dental care.
When you bring your child to sherway dentistry for urgent care, pain can be resolved very quickly. A full examination with x-rays will show us exactly where the problem is, and what needs to be done to fix it. We will discuss the condition with you, and explain our recommendation for care. We treat children as conservatively as possible, while ensuring long-term results. As it should be, our number one priority is making your child comfortable.
If your child complains of tooth pain, and you're near Mississauga or Etobicoke, don't wait. Call sherway dentistry at 416.639.2546.
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