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I have something stuck between my upper premolars. Kindly help.

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Dr. Chithranjali Ravichandran

Published At July 23, 2021
Reviewed AtJuly 23, 2021

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

Something is stuck between my teeth.

Kindly help.

Answered by Dr. Chinmay Arora

Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

What is stuck between your teeth? Do you feel stains or calculus? If yes, go for scaling and root planing. If you think it is a cavity where food is stuck, then you need a dental filling.

Kindly attach a photo and tell the chief complaint.

Thanks.

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

Thank you for your response.

Something is stuck between my upper premolars.

Please give your opinion.

Answered by Dr. Chinmay Arora

Hello,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

Could you please click a picture and send it to get a clear idea of your problem. Is there any pain or itching?

Regards.

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

Thanks for responding.

I can feel something like a particle between my upper left premolars. My tooth is slightly crooked, having a gap on only one side. Gums in that area ache when I brush. I have this complaint for one month.

Kindly give your opinion.

Answered by Dr. Chinmay Arora

Hello,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

From your statement, I guess you have developed a periodontal pocket. It would help if you visited a dentist near you to get it treated. Till that time, I would suggest you use mouthwash and a gel for gums to ease your discomfort.

Regards.

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

Thank you so much for your response.

Could you please explain what a periodontal pocket is?

Thanks.

Answered by Dr. Chinmay Arora

Hi,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

A periodontal pocket is the sequelae of infection of gums. When the gingiva loses attachment from the tooth, then a pocket develops, where food lodges. This results in infection, inflammation, and pain.

As you told me that you feel something is stuck between the teeth and there is an ache in the gums while brushing, those symptoms make a diagnosis of a periodontal pocket.

I suggest you use the mouthwash and gel and visit your dentist to get your periodontal pocket cleaned up and then keep using mouthwash and gel for atleast three weeks. Because after cleaning the pocket, it takes whole three weeks for the gums to heal.

You should use the mouthwash after diluting it with water, and apply the gel twice a day in the affected area with your clean finger in the morning and night after having food and leave it for 15 minutes.

Thank you.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Chinmay Arora
Dr. Chinmay Arora

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