Emergencies

Toothache: (Pain provoked with food impaction)

When your child feels pain only after a meal and especially after a sweet snack this may be an indication that the child may have a tooth with a deep cavity close the pulp (nerve).

Action: Tell your child to brush his/her teeth and remove any food that is trapped into the cavity of the certain tooth using either a toothpick or dental floss. Bring your child promptly into our surgery to examine him/her and treat the tooth appropriately. When the pain is provoked with food impaction usually the tooth can be treated simply by a filling. However, if you ignore the symptoms and this provoked pain becomes repetitive, then it will progress to spontaneous pain. Then a more complicated treatment like a root canal may be necessary.

Spontaneous pain / overnight pain:

If the pain is automatic, meaning that it comes without chewing or drinking then things are more serious. It means that the cavity is too deep in contact with the pulp (nerve) of the tooth and that the whole nerve inflames.

Action: Give your child a strong intinflammatory medication such as Nurofen, Ponstan or Voltaren and call us. The treatment of choice in such cases of spontaneous pain may be a root canal treatment which means the removal of the inflamed nerve of the tooth or even extraction of the tooth, depending on several "dental factors".

Toothache with chewing:

In a case that the tooth becomes painful only with the forces of mastication (chewing), then the tooth may be abscessed. Usually, the abscess appears at the end of the root in the bone and it may not be evident with a naked eye. Because the abscess (red arrow on the picture) is an accumulation of pus (liquish) when the patient is chewing the tooth is moving towards the bone and pain is caused. Also, the tooth may become loose.

Action: You need to call us the same day. An abscessed tooth can spread its infection in the surrounding soft tissue of the face and cause swelling of the lips-cheeks. In children this swelling may expand quickly towards the eye or the pharynx and if untreated it can cause serious infection of the brain or closure of the larynx and suffocation.

We'll examine and treat your child accordingly but for sure in cases like these antibiotics are necessary to stop the course of infection.

Age one
First visit to the dentist at the latest|
Brushing teeth
Brushing teeth from age one = A treasure for your child's teeth|
Diet:
No more than 3 sugary snacks per day|
Dummy sucking
Better stop between 2-4 years old|
Thumb sucking
If your child is above 4 years old and is still thumb sucking, then we can help you|
Prevention
Dental prevention starts from pregnancy|
First tooth
First baby tooth erupts between 6/10 months|
Juices and soft drinks
Frequent consumption of juices and soft drinks can destroy your teeth fast|
Decay
Dental decay is the most frequent childhood disease|
Fluoride treatment
Fluoride treatments in the dental office twice a year can decrease dental decay by 40%!|
Sealants
Sealants can save the molar teeth from dental decay|
Fluoride
Fluoride causes no harm in the correct dose|
Mouth breathing
Chronic mouth breathing can cause serious orthodontic problems|
First exam
First orthodontic exam at age 6-7 years old|
Orthodontic treatment
Orthodontic treatment is for all ages|
Phobia
Dental phobia can be managed professionally|
Special needs
Children with special needs can find help in our office|