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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Should I get my tooth removed if it aches?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a tooth problem in two of my teeth from about a whole week. One tooth is broken and my other one just hurts. It is a lower and upper one. I had a fever for a whole day and my ear has been hurting for two days already. Do I need to go to the emergency room or can I wait to ge...  Read Full »


Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I had gone through your question. I can understand your concern. It seems to me that you have acute pulpitis. You need to take a five-day antibiotic course and after that, you can get it removed. If you do not have any associated medical history or allergy to any of th...  Read Full »

I have swollen lymph nodes, and my wisdom tooth is causing pain in my jaw and gums. Is this an emergency?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a breastfeeding mother of two children. I have swollen lymph nodes, and I have a wisdom tooth growing that is causing pain in my jaw, gums, and teeth. I took Cefalexin, and currently, I am taking Tylenol.I am worried that I may have a tooth infection. Is this an emergency?  Read Full »


Dr. Nazima Anjum

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You are 29 years old and have a wisdom tooth growing that is supposed to be very late for wisdom tooth eruption because, by 20, your wisdom tooth should have come out. I suggest you x-ray the tooth to see if it is in the correct position of eruption or if it is impac...  Read Full »

Two of my back teeth are broken and severely infected with swelling in the gums. What are the medications to control my pain?

Query: Hi doctor,Two of my back teeth are broken and severely infected with swelling in the gums. I have had pain for the past nine months. I consulted many dental clinics, but it did not help. Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.I suggest (consult with a specialist doctor, talk with him or her and take medicines with their consent) tablet Augmentin (Amoxicillin and Clavulanic acid) 625 mg thrice daily for a week and tablet Ibuprofen 200 mg twice daily. Consult a dentist for root canal treatment or ...  Read Full »

I have a deep cavity in my molar tooth with an infection reaching the bone, and I experience no pain or swelling. Should I go for an RCT or extraction?

Query: Hello doctor, My molar tooth has a deep cavity. It has no pain, but the doctor said the infection is too deep, reaching the bone area. He told me about the RCT process of four sittings. I want to ask, should I go for RCT or tooth extraction in this condition? What should I do if the infection is too...  Read Full »


Dr. Nazima Anjum

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. As your dentist said, the cavity is too deep; one thing is a normal filling cannot be done since a deep cavity has to be cleaned, and then a filling has to be done; in that case, there are chances that the pulp chamber may get exposed then you may have pain. There are ...  Read Full »

Is it true? Tooth Infection may cause redness below the eyes?

Query: Hi doctor, I have about six broken teeth. They are a mess. I am so scared of the dentist, but I need to see one. I am in constant pain all the time. I have had two abscesses in the last six months. I had eye infections as well on the same side. I am sure that it is connected. What to do?  Read Full »


Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, the tooth infection can cause redness below the eyes. Please go to a dentist soon, and there is no need to fear as dentists are very smooth and painless in their treatment methods, and you will not even know it. If the tooth is restorable and you can afford it,...  Read Full »

Can you please help me with the aching tooth?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 22 years old, and one of my teeth is paining. My dentist did not prescribe any medicine to take the infection out of the tooth.  Read Full »


Dr. Honey Nandwani

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for the query. An infection from a tooth cannot be removed with medication alone and taking antibiotics can temporarily reduce infection, but it can recur any time. So, my suggestion to you is that you should consult a dentist and get an x-ray of your tooth done. ...  Read Full »

Why do I have persistent pain on the left side of the face?

Query: Hi doctor,I think my sinus infection causes pain in my teeth. The pain is relieved only when I hold an ice cube in the mouth. I have severe pain in the entire left side of the face without the ice. Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. As per your history of pain, it is relieved only when you keep cold water or ice in your mouth. It is a typical feature of end-stage reversible pulpitis (inflammation of the pulp). The cold water causes vasoconstriction and reduces blood fl...  Read Full »

How to prevent infection in tooth cavity?

Query: Hello doctor, In my whole life I am known for eating candy and not brushing my teeth as much as I should. Today, I went to the dentist and said that I have nine cavities. This concerns me because I am not sure how long I had the cavities. This is my first time I am visiting a dentist. I read an a...  Read Full »


Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, by getting the tooth filled you can prevent further decay of the teeth. It would prevent any spread of infection. Yes, dental infection can get life-threatening through septicemia (bacteria in blood), which can go through the maxillary sinus to the brain. But,...  Read Full »

Can bacteria cause toothache and swelling?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a toothache. Maybe swelling results due to decay in the middle portion of the tooth, and it is fully painful. It is really out of control. The tooth position is 7, 8, and at the end of the neck series. 03 tooth is affected the most. I think it is infected by bacteria.  Read Full »


Dr. Ummah Mohammad

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. There are many caries and infections in your oral cavity resulting in pain and swelling. For now, I would suggest you make a dental appointment for today itself and get a full mouth x-ray done. Kindly send the x-ray report to us, and we shall explain the treatment pla...  Read Full »

I need to undergo an extraction of a tooth root. What does my X-ray suggest?

Query: Hello doctor, Can you please read my dental X-ray? Also, I need to extract the tooth root, but it is very close to the sinus.  Read Full »


Dr. Purva Jingar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, your X-ray (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity) says your teeth are treated. There are gaps between teeth because they are extracted. And also, you need to remove the root. So if you go for a treatment, make sure you replace missing teeth so tha...  Read Full »

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