IMPORTANT: Aimed at the general public, the Bücco Guide is a general educational guide. Its content presents some of the most common dental practices. However, there are many approaches and philosophies in dentistry and your dentist / specialist will be able to advise you on what he believes to be the most appropriate for your oral health. Do not hesitate to consult a dentist / specialist for more information.
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The natural primary tooth (milk tooth) has a different anatomy than the adult tooth. The enamel is thinner and the pulp is wider. Dental pain occurs when one or more teeth react more strongly to a stimulus or do not react in the same way as other teeth.
The causes of painful teeth in children are very varied. With normal growth and the difference in the composition of the primary and adult teeth, it is sometimes difficult for the parent to distinguish between normal pain and real pain. The dentist is the only professional qualified to identify the source of the problem, questioning the patient and taking x-ray pictures if necessary. It will carry out tests to establish a precise diagnosis and propose a treatment adapted to the situation.
Pain in cold and sugar
Pain in hot weather
It is important to remember that from the age of 6 years, the first adult molar erupts and can cause warm pain in certain situations. (See painful permanent tooth)
Pain with pressure or chewing
When pressure pain affects several teeth, the most common causes observed are the presence of tooth grinding (bruxism) or tooth clenching (clenching). In children, bruxism and tooth clenching tend to decrease and disappear naturally. It is less common for the dentist to intervene in these situations due to growth. An evaluation is still required. In less frequent situations, it is also possible that this pain is related to dental malposition, referred pain from the mouth joint or sinus congestion above the upper teeth.
Spontaneous pain (without doing anything)
The primary tooth is very painful, what should I do?
Painful gums (adult)
Sore gums (baby)
Diffuse pain affecting a part of the face (facial neuralgia or trigeminal neuralgia)
Pain in one milk tooth
Pain following extraction of wisdom teeth, impacted tooth
Pain following the extraction of one or more teeth (dry alveolitis)
Pain at pressure
Pain in the salivary glands