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Dental Anxiety

Dental anxiety is fear of visiting the dental office. About 36 % of the population fear seeing a dentist, and 12 % have an extreme fear. It may be because of a previous bad dental experience making a person postpone or avoid a dental visit. But this can lead to more health-related problems and make the treatment expensive. Currently, dental professionals aim to reduce anxiety by creating a pleasing ambiance and working in the patients' comfort.

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My mother is having TMJ pain. What to do?

Query: Hello doctor, My mother who is 79 years old is complaining of right temporomandibular joint pain off and on. She has problems opening the jaw during the pain at times (not always). Would you please advise on this? Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Achanta Krishna Swaroop

Answer: Hi, Welcome to This would happen firstly because, with age, facial muscles will usually start sagging or wrinkling, leading to muscle constriction, which is expected at this age. Occasionally these pains will be severe with limited mouth opening (trismus). When that happens, I suggest ta...  Read Full »

How to clarify oral health issues as I am scared of dentist?

Query: Hello doctor, I am absolutely terrified of going to the dentist. I received health care through my college which ends soon. I am not sure dental insurance is covered as they do not require that. I am concerned about my far back right tooth. I have never had my teeth pulled even after braces at age 1...  Read Full »

Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. As per your history, it looks like you are having multiple carious lesions. The condition of one tooth looks grim, a grossly decayed. You need multiple restorations and extraction of one tooth. To get a better opinion and prognosis you...  Read Full »

I have had cavities in my last molar teeth. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,I have had cavities in my last molar teeth, and the doctor had advised root canal treatment. I have had dental anxiety since childhood, as my experiences were unpleasant. Even though I have many questions in my mind, I cannot ask anything in the clinic. What is a root canal procedure, a...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. Root canal treatment means that rather than extracting the whole tooth, we save the tooth's structure by micro-cleaning inside the roots of the infected tooth. Then the cleaned root is filled with a medicated filling mat...  Read Full »

How will my daughter cope with general anesthesia?\

Query: Hi doctor, My daughter is getting a dental treatment done under general anesthesia since doing it in a dental chair would be too stressful for her. Crowns, extractions, fillings, and sealants are required to be done. We consulted a dentist, who informed us that her tooth was infected and that she ne...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. If she takes medications prescribed by the dentist for a week or two, the illness should subside completely. Keep the cavities clean by avoiding food accumulation and ensuring she brushes thoroughly after each meal. Still, if possible, reque...  Read Full »

How painful is the dental injection?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 17 years old and have always been terrified of needles. I have a cleaning appointment tomorrow. I know that I have a small cavity. Not sure if they are going to get it filled. So I wanted to know, what does the dental injection feel like? How painful is it on a scale of one to ten...  Read Full »

Dr. Shubham Shekhar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to There is no pain in dental cleaning, and you might have little sensitivity post-cleaning sometimes, which usually subsides within two weeks. So do not worry, you will be fine, and if there is a cavity, it is better to get it filled at the earliest before it becomes d...  Read Full »

Why is permanant teeth coming behind of my daughter's milk teeth?

Query: Hi doctor, I usually check my daughter's teeth as per her local pediatric dentist's suggestion as her front teeth are about to fall. Before three days, everything was normal. When we checked today, we found that the tooth was coming from the backside of the milk tooth. It seems to be very much cross...  Read Full »

Dr. Bharat Joshi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The permanent teeth erupt back of the milk teeth. It is normal to cross the milk teeth as they will come in a straight line in one to two years. I request you to please get an image of the involved teeth to see the status of the root whenever you get a clinical check...  Read Full »

My heart rate increases with the thought of consulting a dentist. How can I manage my tension?

Query: Hello doctor, My heart rate gets very high when I go to the doctor. I get super nervous and I need to go to the dentist my teeth are getting worse but I am too scared because I know my heart rate will get high. Just wondering if you know what they will do?  Read Full »

Dr. Geethanjali. S. S

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You need not panic at all for a dental visit. All that happens in your first consultation is that the dentist checks your oral status with a mouth mirror and a hook-shaped instrument called explorer. This is the point that most of the young people get scared of. The in...  Read Full »

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