My teenager has a toothache. What should I do?

A toothache is an obvious sign that a problem is developing. If you’re child is experiencing tooth pain, it’s important to bring them in to see us as soon as possible. As a teenager, your child has almost all of their permanent teeth. Everything we do now to protect these teeth will benefit your child long into adulthood. It’s critical to keep these teeth healthy so that they stay intact for as long as possible.

When you arrive at our office, Dr. Ton or Dr. Yen will perform a thorough exam and take an x-ray (if needed) to determine what the source of the discomfort is. The problem may be as simple as a cavity, or as complicated as an infected root canal.

Hopefully, all it will take to get relief is a simple filling, but there are instances where we must perform a root canal to save the tooth. Either way, the sooner you bring your child to see us, the better chance we have of preventing problems from becoming serious and complicated to fix.

If it’s been a while since your child has had a checkup, we encourage you to give our Carson City dental office a call. Catching problems before they cause a toothache is always preferable to waiting until a more serious problem develops.