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Dental Caries

Tooth decay or dental caries is the disease of the tooth where a combination of factors like carbohydrate or sugar-rich foods, bacteria, time, and poor oral hygiene, erode or damage the most rigid layer of the tooth called enamel. This results in cavity formation. If untreated, it can proceed to the deeper layers. Tooth pain and swelling are its characteristic features.

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My tooth and gum pain subsides after medication but I cannot tolerate heat. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I have tooth and gum ache (not sure where it comes) but on the below right jaw. On day 1, the pain was there continuously and used Naproxen. (I was able to have coffee and tea). On day 2, pain was there then contacted physician on icliniq and suggested Ultracet for 3 days. On day 3, I...  Read Full »

Dr. Kandi Disha Yermal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your query and attachment. (attachment removed to protect patient identity). I can see some gingival inflammation and also abrasion of teeth near the cervical area. That abrasion is also a cause for severe sensitivity to hot that you are having....  Read Full »

How to treat teeth that are infected and pain every six months?

Query: Hi doctor,I am a 36-year-old male. I have pain in two teeth present in my lower jaw. It got infected completely. Before six months. I had severe pain and these teeth seem to be hollow. Do I need to close the gaps? How to treat this infected tooth? Initially, these teeth got infected before six years...  Read Full »

Dr. Beryl F

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through your query. A clear clinical picture or an X-ray of the tooth helps us to determine the present condition and the extent of the decay. This helps to diagnose the teeth whether it can be saved by root canal treatment or it needs extraction. If the...  Read Full »

Please suggest medication to relieve severe pain in the lower front teeth.

Query: Hello doctor, My front lower teeth have become extremely sensitive and I have very severe pain in them. The gums are not hurting but the tooth itself is hurting. How to relieve the pain?  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Take a painkiller like Dolo 650 mg or Acenext-P (Aceclofenac and Paracetamol) three times a day. Use warm salt water gargle twice a day for a week. Send a picture of the area if possible.  Read Full »

Can sinus problem cause upper incisor pain?

Query: Hi doctor, My upper incisor hurts whenever I touch it. This morning when I woke up I was not feeling this pain but after I drank a cold juice I notice that it hurts. I went into the bathroom and check if I see any hole but there is none. I gargle with some warm salt water but it still does not stop...  Read Full »

Dr. Geethanjali. S. S

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read through your complaint and the relevant details. Pain on pressure is a clear sign of an infection deep in the roots of your upper incisors. It could be mostly because of a forgotten trauma or assault you had in your childhood. It is not necessarily because ...  Read Full »

My son is consuming more chocolates. What should I do?

Query: Hi doctor, I am worried for my 12-year-old daughter's oral health, particularly due to her interest in chocolates. She keeps consuming chocolates. I need guidance on the importance of oral hygiene and tooth brushing. What are the potential consequences of excessive candy consumption, and how can we ...  Read Full »

Dr. Shruti Srivastava

Answer: Hi, Thank you for trusting us with your healthcare. I have reviewed your medical history and understand your concerns. In children, it is a challenging task to maintain their oral hygiene properly because of their habits of indulging towards sweet things, be it chocolates, toffees or any other ...  Read Full »

I have multiple tooth decay. Can home remedies help manage them?

Query: Hello doctor, I have noticeable gaps between my teeth, and around seven to eight of my teeth are affected by germs or cavities. Brushing for more than a minute causes bleeding, and at times, I experience unbearable pain. My local dentist recommended caps. However, my family is suggesting basic home ...  Read Full »

Dr. Akila. R

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have reviewed your query and understand your concerns. The gap between your teeth may be a result of cavities. Unfortunately, dental cavities cannot be treated without restoration. If a cavity is present, it tends to progress without intervention. Bleeding gums of...  Read Full »

I have been suffering from throbbing tooth ache and pain in my gums. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor,I have been suffering from throbbing tooth ache and pain in my gums. Please help.Thanks.  Read Full »

Dr. Geethanjali. S. S

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. I have gone through your reports (attachments are hidden to protect the patient's identity), The second premolar on your left upper back tooth region seems severely decayed. As you can see in the picture, the brown spot in the tooth is the de...  Read Full »

I am seeking expert advice on tooth decay. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 36-year-old female seeking your expert advice and guidance on tooth decay. I have been experiencing dental concerns and am eager to address them effectively. Your expertise can provide valuable insights on prevention and management. Could you explain tooth decay, including its c...  Read Full »

Dr. Bharat Joshi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read the query, and I can understand your concern. Dental caries, or tooth decay, is primarily caused by two things: plaque buildup, which leads to an increase in microbiological growth (mostly Streptococci mutans), and a decrease in the fluoride content of t...  Read Full »

My lower tooth has a hole near the gum line. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,My bottom tooth has a kind of a hole at the gum line. I do not know. When I breathe in, it feels cold like the air went in my tooth. It just does not seem or feel normal. Also, on my upper front tooth, I have some kind of deep line. An example like when you make a line in the sand and i...  Read Full »

Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hi, Welcome to As per your history, you have having class 5 dental cavity in the lower tooth. You need to do a filling (restoration) of the tooth as soon as possible. If you do not take measures at this time you may need RCT (root canal treatment) which will be 10 to 20 expensiv...  Read Full »

My teeth X-ray shows three cavities. Should I be concerned?

Query: Hello doctor,My orthodontist found three cavities on the X-ray, but my dentist says that I do not have any. Should I be concerned? I have had sensitive teeth always. I do not want to have a root canal or something like that. Is it soon enough if I have an appointment with another dentist in 14 days?...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hi, I appreciate you signing up on You now have exclusive access to expert medical opinion. Yes, you can get an appointment with another dentist for consultation. Having an appointment within 14 days is not a problem. I suggest you continue brushing properly after meals. Please attac...  Read Full »

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