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By Apple Valley Dental
January 27, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: toothache  

You should never ignore a toothache. It is often a sign of an oral health problem, such as tooth decay or gum disease. Left untreated, the problem could become worse over time and result in the development of additional oral health issues. One of the highly skilled dentists at Apple Valley Dental in Apple Valley, CA, can identify the problem and treat the cause of your toothache.

Causes of Toothaches

While many toothaches result when a cavity has developed, that isn’t the only possible cause. Tooth pain can occur for many reasons, such as following an injury to the mouth. Other causes of toothaches include:

  • Tooth decay
  • Gum disease
  • Impacted wisdom teeth
  • Grinding the teeth at night (bruxism)
  • Development of a tooth abscess
  • Loose dental fillings
  • Fractured tooth

Treatments for Toothaches

It is important to seek treatment for a toothache to prevent more serious oral health conditions from developing. If your tooth pain is caused by an infection, undergoing treatment as soon as possible is the best way to stop the infection from spreading to other areas. An experienced dentist at our office in Apple Valley can diagnose the cause of your toothache and recommend a specific treatment to stop the pain and address the underlying cause.

The type of treatment needed will depend on the exact reason for the toothache. For example, tooth pain that is the result of decay can be treated by removing decayed areas and filling the cavity. If the decay extends deeper into the tooth, root canal treatment might be needed. In the case of impacted wisdom teeth, the best way to alleviate pain and prevent additional problems, such as overcrowding, is often to extract the impacted teeth. Whatever the specific cause of your toothache, our knowledgeable dental professionals can identify the problem and correct it with the right treatment, which will also alleviate the pain.

The best thing to do if you have a toothache is to see a dentist. The cause of your tooth pain can be identified and treated to prevent the problem from getting worse. To schedule an appointment with one of our dentists, call Apple Valley Dental in Apple Valley at (760) 247-6007.

By Apple Valley Dental
December 27, 2013
Category: Oral Health
WhatYouShouldDoWhenYourChildhasaToothache

It can be daunting for parents to know just what to do when their child complains of an ache or pain. What if your child tells you their tooth hurts — is that cause for alarm? That's actually not so easy to determine, but there are some things you should do when your child has a toothache.

First, try to determine from your child exactly where the pain is coming from and how long it's been hurting. Look for an apparent cause for the pain: the most common is tooth decay, considered a type of infection caused by bacteria, and normally indicated by brown spots or tiny holes (cavities) on the biting surfaces or between teeth. Look for swelling or tenderness in the gum tissues, a sign of a possible abscess. Debris caught between teeth may also cause pain.

The pain might stem from an injury. Though the lips and outer tissues may appear fine, a blow to the face or other traumatic incident may have damaged the teeth. Without treatment, pulp tissue within a traumatized tooth may die and lead to an infection and potential tooth loss.

If you see any of these signs or symptoms, or the pain keeps your child up at night or continues into the next day, you should contact our office as soon as possible so that we can do a full evaluation of the tooth. In the meantime, there are some things you can do to help lessen the pain. First, clean the teeth to remove any debris. Administer ibuprofen or acetaminophen (in the proper dosage for a child) for pain relief. An ice pack against the jaw may also help, but alternate on and off in five-minute intervals to prevent burning the skin with the ice.

If these steps stop the pain within an hour, you can wait until the next day to make an appointment. If not, this may be indicative of an abscess forming and you should not delay contacting our office. The quicker we can properly diagnose and begin treatment, the less chance your child will suffer from any long-term damage to their teeth.

If you would like more information on caring for a child's toothache, 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.”