Infected Tooth

Bacterial infection can affect the tooth and surrounding structures, resulting in a dental abscess. This abscess can form at the tip of the root (periapical abscess), on the gum near a tooth (periodontal abscess), and the gums (gingival abscess). It can cause severe, throbbing and radiating toothache, swollen gums, bad breath, and pain while biting.

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I have pain in my first molar. What is the treatment?

Query: Hi doctor,My first molar is paining. I am applying clove oil and had Aspirin. What is the treatment?  Read Full »

Dr. Osman Adam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through the case and it seems you have an inflammation of the pulp tissue inside the tooth (the sensory area inside the molar). This condition is usually known as caries tooth, bacterial infection has broken the hard tissue of the outer layer of the molar a...  Read Full »

I have been taking Ibuprofen for my tooth infection, but it is not effective. What to do?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 19-year-old female suffering from tooth infection and have been on the tablet Ibuprofen 800 mg thrice daily, but it was not effective. Should I continue the medication?Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Divya Banu M

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. I understand your concern. Since you have taken the double dosage, you might face acidity, gastric irritation or ulcer, and other symptoms like constipation, nausea, and mild headache. If you face gastric irritation or acidity, do not eat s...  Read Full »

My tooth infection disappeared after a week of medications. Does that mean that I do not have an infection?

Query: Hello doctor, One week ago, I had a tooth infection visible on an X-ray. I was prescribed medications I took for a week, and now, the infection is not visible when I took another X-ray. Does that mean that I do not have an infection? Kindly suggest.  Read Full »

Dr. Ummah Mohammad

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your question and understand your concern. The answer to your query is yes; it is possible that the infection got healed by medication, or irrigation. By infection, it means abscess and dental abscess, which is generally yellowish-white pus. A dental abscess i...  Read Full »

Should I still have wisdom tooth extracted when another tooth is infected?

Query: Hello doctor, I am scheduled to have the two wisdom teeth on my right side extracted tomorrow. While waiting for the appointment, I developed pain in my right upper jaw which became increasingly worse over a few days. I went to see the dentist who found out I have an infection in my first molar (upp...  Read Full »

Dr. Geethanjali. S. S

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read through your complaint and the relevant details. Penicillin and Clindamycin are the antibiotics and are usually prescribed for a course of five to seven days. These drugs reduce infection but not the pain. So, you might not notice a big change in how you feel....  Read Full »

Why do I have a toothache four years after a root canal treatment?

Query: Hello doctor, I am having minor to in some cases moderate toothaches from time to time due to a chipped root canal. I have not had any issues until recently. It has been around four years since I had the root canal done but never went back to get the crown. I have not gone because of dental anxiety....  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to If you have not put a crown until now on the root canal treated tooth, then yes it can get infected and cause pain. The pain will only increase. So, it is better to go back to your dentist, get an X-ray done and get an opinion. If the root apex is again infected, y...  Read Full »

Does redness along the gums indicate any gum disease?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 49-year-old female weighing 79 kg and 165 cm. I have gum disease, and I attend the dentist every three months for a clean in the hope of stabilizing my gums. My gums can appear red, and I have noticed redness adjacent to my missing back tooth. I have redness along my gums which ...  Read Full »

Dr. Shamaz Mohamed

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I feel the gum disease has caused a periodontal abscess. It is an infection with a collection of pus around gum tissues. You need to show it to a dentist and get it treated. Along with periodontal therapy, the dentist may prescribe you antibiotics. Yo...  Read Full »

I have a very high CRP. Is my teeth infection causing this?

Query: Hi doctor, I currently have a very high CRP, and the doctors suspect it may be coming from my teeth or a dental bone infection. I have attached the following: 1. X-ray (attached as a picture). 2. CAT scan report. Could you please provide advice on the following: 1. Do you see evidence of any infecte...  Read Full »

Dr. Srinivas Saketh. G

Answer: Hi doctor, Thank you for the reply. I have seen all the information provided, and I will answer all the queries one by one. Based on radiological reports (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), there is not much evidence of tooth infection, apart from the presence of polyps, which ...  Read Full »

I had systemic inflammation due to RCT failure in one of my upper teeth. What do my scan reports suggest?

Query: Hello doctor,I had systemic inflammation due to RCT failure in one of the teeth in the upper right part of my mouth next to my implant. My CRP was 100 mg/L, and I have been prescribed Clindamycin. I had undergone an extraction of the same tooth, and a bone graft was done as there was an abscess on t...  Read Full »

Dr. Krishna Swaroop Achanta

Answer: Hello, Welcome back to I will be answering your query shortly .  Read Full »

Which antibiotic would be the best to use for my infected tooth?

Query: Hello doctor, What antibiotic would you recommend after using Penicillin and Lincomycin for too long? I would like to know which drug would be the best to use. I am anxious about not knowing whether I will miss my work tomorrow because my tooth is so infected that I cannot work. Thanks.  Read Full »

Dr. Purva Jingar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. I suggest you take the tablet Oflox OZ (Ofloxacin) with tablet Ibuprofen to reduce any pain in the infected tooth. After that, please consult a dentist, discuss it with them and take the medicines with their consent. It will not cost yo...  Read Full »

I have pain in one of my erupting wisdom teeth. Can it get infected?

Query: Hi doctor, I have two wisdom teeth erupting, and I am worried one of them is getting infected on the left side. I am also worried that I might be getting a cavity under the cap of the molar teeth. And I feel that they have to be taken out, as they are 5 to 6 years old. I have attached a photo of the...  Read Full »

Dr. Nisha Ashokkumar Agrawal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I read your query, and I can understand your concern. I have seen the attached photo (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Lower left wisdom tooth is out of the arch means erupting buccally. It would have been better if you had attached the X-rays too, but ...  Read Full »

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