|When to Call Your Doctor|
|Call Your Dentist or Doctor Now (night or day) If|
|Call Your Dentist Within 24 Hours (between 9 am and 4 pm) If|
|Call Your Dentist During Weekday Office Hours If|
|Parent Care at Home If|
|Causes & Health Information|
- Main cause: tooth decay
- Food wedged between the teeth
- Injured tooth
Tooth Abscess and Severe Pain
- A tooth abscess can cause severe pain not controlled by normal pain medicines.
- Root canal therapy by an endodontist is needed to cure this problem.
- In the meantime, call your dentist's office. If you can't reach your dentist, call your doctor for advice. They can often bring the pain under control by calling in a prescription. Most often, this is for an antibiotic such as penicillin or amoxicillin.
|CARE ADVICE FOR MILD TOOTHACHE|
- What You Should Know:
- Most toothaches don't last too long. They are due to a sensitive tooth.
- If the pain becomes worse or doesn't go away in 24 hours, call your dentist. The pain could be due to a small cavity.
- Here is some care advice that should help.
- Floss on either side of the painful tooth to remove any wedged food.
- Pain Medicine:
- To help with the pain, give acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) or ibuprofen. Use as needed. See Dose Table.
- Cold Pack:
- Put a cold pack or ice in a wet washcloth on the painful jaw. Do this for 20 minutes.
- What to Expect:
- Most minor causes of toothache go away in less than a day.
- Call Your Dentist If:
- Toothache lasts more than 24 hours
- The toothache gets worse
And remember, contact your doctor if your child develops any of the "Call Your Doctor" symptoms.
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Disclaimer: This information is not intended be a substitute for professional medical advice. It is provided for educational purposes only. You assume full responsibility for how you choose to use this information.
Author and Senior Reviewer: Barton D. Schmitt, M.D.
Last Reviewed: 9/1/2012
Last Revised: 1/13/2013
Content Set: Child Symptom Checker
Copyright 1994-2012 Barton D. Schmitt, M.D.