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 often experience toothache when I am constipated. What could cause this?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been having tooth pain from my back molar. It has a cap on it. But I feel it from my molar to my neck when I breathe in deep breaths. This often happens when I am constipated and have trapped gas. Is it my tooth problem or any other problem related to the trapped gas? Please hel...  Read Full »

Dr. Achanta Krishna Swaroop

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How to prevent frequent infections of my dental implant?

Query: Hello doctor, I had my tooth removed and a dental implant done five months ago. About three months ago it got infected. I went to my dentist, who cleaned out the infection and prescribed antibiotics. The infection did not go away, so I was prescribed antibiotics two more times. Once again, the infe...  Read Full »

Dr. Tooba Qazi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to That is hard that you got infected several times. If still infection persists, now your dentist must remove the implant and let the area heal. Maybe this foreign body is not accepted well by the immunity of your body so infection had occurred. Antibiotic coverage is enoug...  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 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. Wo...  Read Full »

I am experiencing pain and swelling after a root canal treatment received two days ago. Kindly help.

Query: Hi doctor, I recently received a root canal treatment two days ago. I am still experiencing pain, but now there is a swelling in my jaw that came on the third day of the root canal treatment. Is this a sign of infection?  Read Full »

Dr. Soheel Hussain Zargar

Answer: Hi doctor, Welcome to Yes, swelling and pain after root canal treatment are signs of infection due to over-instrumentation. It can also be due to the presence of accessory canals, which the doctor has not found, and it can be due to perforation as well. Another reason is incomplete ...  Read Full »

What home-care instructions must be followed to prevent infections in a broken wisdom tooth that causes mild pain and bleeding?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a doubt if a part of a broken wisdom tooth is being pushed out naturally, which is still painful with mild bleeding. What could a person do to take care of the gum and prevent infection if an immediate dental visit is not possible? Please give me your suggestions.  Read Full »

Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. From your description, it looks more like irreversible pulpitis of the third molar. So kindly upload an image of the broken wisdom tooth to get an exact idea of what has happened, and I will suggest the management ...  Read Full »

What should be done to treat my partner's infected tooth, which is draining from the outside?

Query: Hello doctor,My partner had an abscessed tooth a while back that went untreated due to no insurance and not having the money for an office visit. The infection has somehow traveled to the outside of his mouth and has to be drained from the exterior on his jawline. No matter how many times it is drai...  Read Full »

Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your query and understand what exactly is the situation. The drainage you are doing is the symptomatic treatment of an abscess and you are not treating the root cause which is an anaerobic bacterial infection. I suggest you take the following medi...  Read Full »

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, 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. Achanta Krishna Swaroop

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 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 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 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 »

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