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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 am having pain in my tooth. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,The past two days I have had a sore back tooth, feels like the gum is swollen on the bottom and last night it started throbbing pain in my cheek and now my cheek is swollen and sore. I have a sore throat also I am currently breastfeeding and really do not want to stop at any point. Does...  Read Full »


Dr. Asma Parveen

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. We are here to help you. As per your symptoms, you could be either suffering from impacted wisdom tooth or a tooth infection due to cavities. For the momentary relief, you can start with warm saline gargles at least 5 to 6 times a day for a week. Avoid applying anyth...  Read Full »

Kindly interpret the scan results after the RCT failure.

Query: Hello doctor, I had systemic inflammation due to RCT (Root Canal Treatment) failure in one of the teeth in the upper right part of my mouth next to my implant. My CRP (C Reactive Protein) was 100 mg/L, and I have been prescribed Clindamycin. I had undergone an extraction of the same tooth, and a bo...  Read Full »


Dr. Achanta Krishna Swaroop

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

I have to remove an infected tooth. Can it alter my facial features?

Query: Hello doctor,I have an infected root canal. It is a molar and it is next to an implant. I really want to pull it due to money. But I cannot afford an implant and I am concerned about facial features if I pull the tooth and let it go without an implant.  Read Full »


Dr. Geethanjali. S. S

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read through your complaint and the relevant details. You can absolutely choose to get the tooth removed in case of financial situations. But what I reckon would be to go for the cheapest replacement options such as a removable partial denture where you still mai...  Read Full »

I am experiencing swollen cheeks and restricted jaw movement. Please suggest any treatment for this.

Query: Hello doctor,My left cheek is swollen from TMJ, my mouth is not opening properly, and I do not have any tooth pain. Please suggest the treatment.Thanking you.  Read Full »


Dr. Paras Angrish

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your query and understand your concern. Firstly, the swelling in the left cheek has multiple reasons if it is near the TMJ (Temporo mandibular joint) area. It can be because of a wisdom tooth infection. You will not feel pain, but the gum surrounding the to...  Read Full »

I have an infection, swelling, and pain in my lower molars. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have a bad infection at the lower right molars- 46 and 47(and another one at the left one, but that does not hurt and I will deal with it right after this one). I had really big swelling and a lot of pain, swelling started a few days ago and got gradually worse. I went to the dentist...  Read Full »


Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. If an experienced root canal specialist can remove the canal fillings and redo the treatment then it is better to save those teeth rather than extracting them. But all the root canal-treated teeth have an abscess on the left and right sides. Did you get them treated ...  Read Full »

Kindly clear my doubts regarding wisdom tooth extraction.

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 icliniq.com. 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 fee...  Read Full »

I went to a dentist three days ago to remove a tooth in the lower right area but still I feel numbness and have swelling in lips and chin. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I went to a dentist three days ago to remove the nerve in the lower right area. The doctor gave me a needle of the anesthetic solution under the tooth and removed the nerve. He said that the root was too long and used a size of 28. I still feel numb on the lower right side of the lips ...  Read Full »


Dr. Purva Jingar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. There can be many reasons for this kind of infection, and the most common reason is the improper sterilization of the instrument. If the dentist has a proper sterilized instrument there is no way you can get an infection. Sometimes, th...  Read Full »

Can 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 icliniq.com. 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 swollen cheek and tender gums. Should I seek dental help?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a swollen cheek that feels like a ball is inside, and it hurts slightly when I swallow. I also have tenderness on my gum line towards the back of my mouth, on the same side the swollen cheek is on. I am on no medication. Is this something I can handle on my own? Should I seek denta...  Read Full »


Dr. Tooba Qazi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, these are symptoms of some infection in your posterior teeth. Which tooth is the culprit? And to what extent has infection extended? Only a dentist can tell after the clinical and radiographical examination. Meanwhile, it would be best to start following three m...  Read Full »

Why does my tooth hurt four years after a root canal?

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 icliniq.com. 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, you...  Read Full »

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