Toothache: When is it time to visit the dentist?

Toothache: When is it time to visit the dentist?

April 17, 2015 / in childrens dentist / by FWCD-Admin

Teeth are like other parts of our body. When a person experiences pain, it is normally a sign that something is wrong. The same principle is true for a toothache. If tooth pain is present, the tooth is likely infected. A cavity is the result of bacteria eating through the surfaces of teeth, and when the cavity deepens, it will produce discomfort. This is why it is important to set up an examination with our children’s dentist as soon as painful symptoms occur. We offer a number of pediatric dentistry services to help prevent the development of tooth decay and restore teeth damaged by infections.

Will cavities heal on their own?

Although other tissues in the body can self-heal, teeth are different. Once they are damaged below the enamel surface, the cavity will only deepen. This is why professional treatment is required to restore the tooth’s structures and prevent further damage. The most common method that our children’s dentist uses to repair damage done by decay is through placing a filling. Fillings are small restorations that protects teeth from further decay. Placing a filling is minimally invasive and we will administer a local anesthetic to ensure that our patients are comfortable throughout treatment.

Are there preventive dentistry treatments available?

In addition to providing restorations, we do offer preventive treatment that helps reduce the risk of developing decay while strengthening teeth. One method for preventing decay is for children to receive regular professional cleanings. During cleanings, our hygienists can look for signs of enamel loss and remove substances that contribute to dental caries like tartar and plaque. Other preventive services include dental sealants and fluoride treatments. Sealants help prevent cavities from forming on the biting surfaces of teeth while fluoride treatments strengthen tooth enamel.

Children should receive two cleanings every year and an annual checkup. We offer a family-friendly environment that is welcoming and serene. To reserve an appointment with our children’s dentist, call our office at your convenience.