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., 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.
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.
Thanks! I looked this morning at her paperwork and it is actually stainless steal.
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.
Does she grind her teeth at night maybe? some people do that and it can cause mouth pain too just a thought? My six year old does it in his sleep and ugh... cringe. He doesn't get pain from it though and doesn't do it all the time, just when tense.
She does grind, so bad in fact we (dentist and I) were concerned about her teeth because they have all flattened out. I was wondering if maybe she just pressed down too hard and it has made it sore. they said she was too young for a mouthguard though
How long does he plan to let that go on? surely there's some kind of mouth guard that would be safe and stop her pain and keep her from ruining her teeth. Maybe he sees future $$. I tend to be a cynic with most docs and dentists though -
Well she grinds front to back instead of justside to side so the concern is she would push it back into her throat. I agree it seems stupid to just hope it goes away, but he seems to think this is a phase (one that has happened since age 10mths lol).
Thanks, I am starting to think it is gum pain.
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!!
:( good grief, so sorry that is happening. could something like some orajel or something like that help? maybe they have it for kids - like teething gel until you can get her to a better dentist. that sucks.
We have been putting the oral lidocaine (sp?) in her mouth that they gave her when she had the cap put on along with ibuprofen and Tylenol alternating. Far more meds than I like but none of them seem to work for long, just a few minute fix. :(
Of course tomorrow is Sunday, so if she (or you!) can't hold on much longer, I would take her to the ER. Who knows what's going on, but a 4 yr. old in tears due to mouth pain, is too much! Poor baby Both of you will feel better if you go.
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.
Salt water works well too. And talk to your pediatrician maybe she can recommend a pain killer appropriate for her age and teething gel.
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!