Dental Infections

Infections that begin in a tooth or its surrounding tissues or bone are called dental infections. It usually begins as tooth decay, and then the bacteria invade the pulp and surrounding structures. Dental infections can also occur due to tooth injury.

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I was diagnosed with bruxism and got dental splint made. What could be the reason for the weakness in the neck, balance issues, and itchy ears in me?

Query: Hello doctor, I was diagnosed with bruxism some time back. The previous year was stressful for me; from then, the problems started with feeling raised temperature in one of my ears, for which I consulted my dentist, who prescribed a dental splint, but it did not help and worsened the condition. I al...  Read Full »


Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com, I read your query and understand your concern. The bite guard you are already using is the treatment for bruxism. Use the custom-made dental splint to prevent the attrition of the teeth further. If the teeth are severely attrited, I suggest getting a crown over them,...  Read Full »

How to treat the deep hole inside my molar tooth that is seen after the filling got chipped off?

Query: Hi doctor, I feel incredibly terrified of going to the dentist. The large piece of filling in my back molar chipped off. There is a large hole that is very deep inside the tooth. What has caused this? And what might be the treatment? It is not causing me any pain. Kindly help.  Read Full »


Dr. Krishna Swaroop Achanta

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. That is deep cavitation that may convert to a potential root canal infection. If you do not prevent this decayed infection, it will continue to infect the attached jaw or nerves. So, I suggest not to ignore your dental health and consult me imme...  Read Full »

What is the painful swelling under my jaw?

Query: Hi doctor, A few months back I noticed that underside my jaw is swollen and painful, just one side (left). I did not have any symptoms. So, I thought its flu-related. But now it got worse, a bit painful, sore and can feel something inside like a lump that moves. I went to the doctor but they said l...  Read Full »


Dr. Mashfika N Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It could be an inflamed submandibular, submental or jugulodigastric lymph node depending on the exact location. Since it is painful, it could be due to an infection of the oral cavity like the gums, tooth, tonsils, etc. Even an aphthous ulcer can lead to an inflamed lym...  Read Full »

Got my wisdom teeth out. It is now paining a lot and also have a bad taste in my mouth. Is it due to infection?

Query: Hello doctor, I got my wisdom teeth out two weeks back. It is now paining a lot, and I also have a bad taste in my mouth. Is it due to infection?  Read Full »


Dr. Tooba Qazi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Sadly, Yes! Your history is giving symptoms of post-operative infection. If the pain is sharp just at the socket point, then clean this area thoroughly and start saline water mouth rinses at least 8 times a day for 2 weeks. This is best for the fast healing of the wound...  Read Full »

I have a burning sensation and pain around my eye and face after RCT. Will the pain persist?

Query: Hello doctor, For the past 2 to 3 weeks, I have had a burning sensation around my eyes and face. I have been diagnosed with irreversible pulpitis or pulp necrosis on my left side, first upper molar. I had a root canal done for the same before 72 hours, but still, my facial pain persists. I have bee...  Read Full »


Dr. Bharat Joshi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. The medication prescribed is not a potent analgesic that is Panadol (Acetaminophen) and Ibuprofen. That is why the pain persists. Secondly, Carbamazepine (Tegretol) is given for trigeminal neuralgia and not for irreversible pulpitis...  Read Full »

If not swollen, can we feel the lymph nodes in the neck?

Query: Hi doctor, Is it normal to feel lymph nodes under the jaw or neck? They are tiny without pain. They move well and I can feel them.   Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for the query. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you can feel your lymph nodes under the jaw or neck and you want to know whether it is normal. Lymph nodes are situated in various areas of the body but people can usually feel lymp...  Read Full »

What are the causes of pain in a restored tooth?

Query: Hello doctor, I had my filling two years back on my left wisdom tooth. It was in the center and a deeper cavity, near to the pulp. One year back, I had pain and consulted the doctor. She told me that I was not infected and gave me some medication. I did not have the drug, and I believed I could man...  Read Full »


Dr. Soheel Hussain Zargar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. As per your case history, if there is slight or severe pain, it indicates infection. But there are two possibilities. The first one is filling may be defective, or it has undergone some wear and tear, due to which there may be a gap that is causing fluids to pass and ca...  Read Full »

Did the cold drink prevent my tooth from getting numb?

Query: Hi doctor, I broke a tooth, so I went to the dentist, and I was very upfront about not having a root canal treatment. I preferred to get it extracted rather. She numbed my tooth and said she was going to fix it. After she had finished, she said I was going to need a root canal treatment. Now my too...  Read Full »


Dr. Honey Nandwani

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Failure of local anesthesia can be due to causes like poor quality of the anesthetic solution, a poor technique of administration, localized infection in the tooth, abscess formation, certain mutations, etc. Drinking few cold drinks has no effect on anesthesia. So, my sug...  Read Full »

How to manage a decayed tooth presenting with swollen cheeks?

Query: Hello doctor, Yesterday I visited my dentist for a decayed tooth and infected gums. The dentist failed to extract the tooth, as Novocaine did not work because of the infection. Now my cheek is swollen and painful. I was prescribed Amoxicillin and Vicodin.  Read Full »


Dr. Tinu Thampy

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The swelling of your cheek is due to infection extending from your tooth and root apex into the underlying bone and the facial surface and has reached the soft tissues (muscle and fat). This infection can spread further to the adjacent areas and cause bacteremia (bacteri...  Read Full »

Are my symptoms due to infection of the salivary gland?

Query: Hi doctor, I think that I have an infection of the salivary gland or sialadenitis. I noticed it initially three years back. Then I consulted a doctor and took some medicines. After few months, it reoccured again. I visited a dentist and he gave me some medicines. I took Clindamycin 300 mg and Met...  Read Full »


Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Kindly upload an image showing the area of pus discharge. Stop searching online. You do not have a salivary gland infection. You have been taking medication for a long time and still, you are not getting proper treatment. Frequent pus formation can lead to bone loss or ...  Read Full »

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