[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Toothaches are complicated at any age, especially when you are a child. Not only do they cause pain, but they cause you to worry about what is happening to the ailed tooth. At Rigby Pediatric Dental, we are here to help you and your child navigate your toothache. From diagnosing the toothache to discovering a restorative solution. We are here for you. To learn more about toothaches, keep reading. 


What are the Causes of a Toothache?

Many different things can cause toothaches. From a broken tooth to decay to periodontal or gum disease. Toothaches are when pain occurs on, in, or around the tooth area. Typically, they begin when there is an infection or the tooth’s roots that supply the blood vessels and nerves have been exposed. Tooth decay can cause toothache when bacteria turn into acid that breaks holes into the outer layer of the tooth. The cavity may expose the nerves and blood vessels of the tooth, causing pain.

Similarly, a broken tooth can also expose nerves of the tooth, causing pain. Another reason your child may have a toothache is if they have a bacterial infection in their gums. Infected gums typically present as swelling at the top of the gum line near the tooth. 


What are ways to Treat Toothaches?

The first thing that Dr. Bingham will treat is your child’s toothache to diagnose the toothache. The x-ray will give Dr. Bingham and his team a better understanding of why your child’s tooth is hurting. Once they have a good knowledge of why the toothaches, the restorations can begin. Below are a few restoration options. 


Dental Fillings 

Dental fillings are a standard restoration option for children. Dental fillings use a composite resin, a putty-like plastic material used to repair teeth. First, Dr. Bingham removes the decay, which creates a cavity in the tooth. In the tooth’s cavity, Dr. Bingham places the composite resin. Putting the resin will help prevent the decay from spreading into the tooth’s root or other teeth. 

Dental Bonding or Dental Veneers 

Dr. Bingham may recommend dental bonding or dental veneers if the broken tooth is not severe. The composite resin is first put in place and then formed to your child’s liking and comfort. A blue light cements the tooth down. Dental veneers are porcelain shells Dr. Bingham places over the entire tooth. The dental veneer is bonded onto the tooth and then fitted to your child’s comfort and liking. 

Dental Crowns 

If you have a severe dental break or decay on the top of the tooth’s crown, Dr. Bingham may recommend a dental crown. A dental crown is a cap that fits over the top of the tooth.  


What are ways to Prevent a Toothache? 

Preventing a toothache can begin with everyday oral hygiene. At Rigby Pediatric Dental, we recommend brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash twice a day. Good oral hygiene will prevent bacteria from building up on your teeth, causing plaque and decay. We also recommend Rigby Pediatric Dental check-ups every six months for dental exams and cleanings. Professional dental cleanings will help remove tartar that cannot be removed at home. Further, it is essential to avoid breaks. One way to help your child prevent breaks is to encourage them to wear a mouth guard when playing sports. 


At Rigby Pediatric Dental, our number one priority is our patients. If your child has a toothache, call us right away. It is essential to investigate every toothache. For more information about our restorative services, don’t hesitate to contact our office today. 

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