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What to do when child has toothache but no cavity?


My 4 year old went to the dentist 3 months ago. She only had one cavity, on a molar, and they put one of those silver colored caps on it. 4 days ago she started saying that her mouth hurt around that molar. The next day she said it was a couple teeth closer to the front. I took her to the dentist yesterday and they said it can't be the cap and there are no other cavities so she's probably making it up. SHE ISN'T MAKING IT UP!! She woke out of her sleep 2 times last night saying her mouth hurt, crying her eyes out. What do I do if the dentist says there are no cavities and it isn't the cap?

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M. T. Dremer says

21 months ago
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    Shauna L Bowling (bravewarrior) 21 months ago

    M. T., I was a tooth-gritter as a very young child. Your comment is valid and something Peeples should look into.

    Peeples, does your daughter grind her teeth? It's not something that only happens in the sleep state. It's a reaction to stress.

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    Peeples 21 months ago

    It is stainless steal, which is all our dental insurance will cover on baby molars. It does not cover ceramic on molars. If the pain continues I think I ham going to request they remove the tooth. She's pushing the metal into her gum I think.

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Christin Sander (ChristinS) says

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    Peeples 21 months ago

    Thanks she has a cold, but her pain is on the bottom, so not the usual place for mouth pain with a sinus infection. They did xray and claim they see nothing. I guess a second opinion next week is a must.


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How to Treat Your Child’s Toothache

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Shauna L Bowling (bravewarrior) says

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    Peeples 21 months ago

    Thanks! I looked this morning at her paperwork and it is actually stainless steal.

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Paula (fpherj48) says

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    Peeples 21 months ago

    The gums do not appear to be swollen or red, but multiple times today she has completely broken down crying in pain. It's sad and heartbreaking!!


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peachy (peachpurple) says

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    Peeples 21 months ago

    Thanks, I am starting to think it is gum pain.

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Keisha Hunter says

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    Peeples 21 months ago

    Thanks. I actually had her swish last night and it did help for a couple minutes. I think the second opinion it key at this point.


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David (GizSleep) says

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    Peeples 21 months ago

    Thanks. I have done that for myself, but I doubt I can get her to. She's picky about tastes.


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    Peeples 21 months ago

    Thanks, they did do an xray and found nothing. After a lot of thought I really think her grinding is rubbing the metal into her gums resulting in pain when she bites down or grinds. Seems a little better today, thankfully!

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