When a child complains about pain, it can be difficult to tell if there is something wrong or if they are exaggerating the pain or don't understand what they are feeling. If your child is complaining about severe pain under the gum line and you aren't sure if there are teeth trying to push up or what the problem is, you want to see a pediatric dentist.
You don't know what the pain could be from, and it could be something that is potentially dangerous for your child. Here are some of the things to consider and do before you can get an appointment with the dental professional.
Ice the Area
Try to get the child to hold a cold compress to the area to see if this helps at all. If the area is sore or swelling, this may help to bring the swelling down and to help with the pain. An ice pack, bag of peas, or even sucking on ice could work in this situation.
Get an Appointment
You need to get an appointment for your child right away. The pain that they have could be from any of the following things:
- Infection below the gum line
- Teeth pushing up into other teeth
- Temporomandibular disorder
- Soreness from grinding in the night
- Something lodged into the gums
- Rotted tooth root
If your child is in pain because of an infection, the infection could cause serious illness and even death if it isn't treated properly. The dentist should have emergency appointments available for these types of situations or after-hours availability for emergency treatment.
Check Temperature and Vitals
If you are worried that something is wrong not just orally, take your child's temperature and check to see if they are having a headache or any complications breathing. These are issues that may need immediate attention from an ER or a medical professional right away. You don't want to miss something that is life-threatening to your child.
There are a lot of different things that could be causing the pain, but you don't want to wait until it's too late to find out what is wrong, and you don't want your child to suffer. Get an appointment with the proper oral health professional and make plans from there to find out how you can maintain your child's oral health properly or how you can avoid this from becoming a problem again in the future.