Intraoral Periapical Radiograph

Intraoral Periapical Radiograph, otherwise called IOPA, are the most commonly used type of dental X-rays. An IOPA can be used to detect dental infections or decay of the tooth crown, root, and surrounding bone. They can be used to examine three to four adjacent teeth at a time.

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My 4-year-old kid's front upper teeth got hit by the edge of a door and became loose. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor, My 4-year-old kid's front upper teeth got hit by the edge of a door. The gum and the upper lip had swelling. But it is almost gone. There is little pain when touching the teeth and the gum. Today when I saw it, the teeth were slightly loose. My question is, if the teeth is slightly loose ...  Read Full »

Dr. Rakshana Devi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Good morning. I hope you are well. Thank you for approaching icliniq. I saw your query. I will help you solve the issue. If the teeth become loose, then the teeth have to be extracted. There is no need to worry about it because the front teeth are the primary ...  Read Full »

I have a hard bump at the bottom of the mouth. What is it?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a hard bump at the bottom of my mouth, which I noticed a couple of days ago. I am not sure if it is something to be concerned about. It is hard and hurts little if I touch it. Not sure what it is or why I have it?   Read Full »

Dr. Rakshana Devi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Good morning. I hope you are well. Thank you for approaching icliniq. I saw your query and saw the picture attached (attachment removed to protect patient identity). I will help you to solve your doubts. Certain people will have ulcers and bumps like this due to impro...  Read Full »

Is it harmful if I accidentally swallow the pus drained from a tooth abscess?

Query: Hello doctor,I have an abscess on my tooth. I went to the emergency room, and the doctor poked a hole in the abscess and drained the content. But it did not drain fully, and he did not prescribe me antibiotics and pain medicine. I am just wondering if it would hurt if it were not drained completely?...  Read Full »

Dr. Rakshana Devi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It will not do any harm if you swallow the pus. The pus will discharge at night while sleeping, and it is normal. It is not related to incomplete pus drainage. Only a certain limits of pus can be removed by applying pressure. We can wait and see if it con...  Read Full »

When can we do post and core reconstruction on a tooth?

Query: Hello doctor, I have several worries about my teeth. Can you please help me with the concern? Is my fifth upper right tooth suitable for post and core reconstruction? From the X-ray, what is the state of my teeth? Do they look worrying? Is there anything I should worry about? Are my gums receding o...  Read Full »

Dr. Akmal Albert Asham Abdelmalek

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Regarding your canine's gum line, it is not looking bad. It is normal for the gum line on the canines to be slightly higher than the adjacent teeth. As long as the root is not visible, there is no problem. To avoid any gum recession, be careful with your tooth brus...  Read Full »

How do you get rid of teeth cavities?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 20 years old. I have very bad teeth with many cavities. I brush my teeth twice a day. I also floss and use mouthwash every day. Even though I follow all the protective measures, my mouth is full of cavities and it has ruined all my confidence. Even though I get them filled o...  Read Full »

Dr. Nupur Prashant Shah

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern regarding your dental health. First of all, you should visit your dentist for a radiographic examination of the cavitated teeth which are previously filled. This is to check for any secondary caries. From these x-rays, the dentist will guid...  Read Full »

Why am I getting radiating pain on the root canal treated left upper tooth?

Query: Hi doctor, I am having severe pain on my left side jaw and cheek, frequently for about two years. It seems it radiates from the last tooth of upper jaw and lower jaw. Both are root canal treated and crowned. The pain radiates from those two to the left jaw, cheek, and inner ear. I have seen many de...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You may have an abscess related to root canal treated teeth. As the pain is only on the left side of face, and near to those teeth, there might be a relation. Please attach your OPG (orthopantomogram), x-ray, and pictures of your jaw inside the mouth area where you h...  Read Full »

How to save my molar tooth?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 18 years old. A few days ago, I had a toothache on my molar teeth and have mobility when touched. I have a big hole in that tooth from my childhood. I guess the black circle is the vein of the tooth. I could not afford to get an implant tooth. I had pain in that tooth a year back...  Read Full »

Dr. Prerna Jain

Answer: Hi, Welcome to From your attached pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity), it is clear that this tooth is decayed with loss of large crown structure. The decay has also spread to the roots.  As you have mentioned, there is some mobility on touching the tooth and some...  Read Full »

Why do I have a water bubble under my tongue?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had swollen glands for a few months now. I have seen an ENT doctor for the same. He ran a blood test and it came back normal. He told me give it a month and they should go down. They have not gone down or grown. Before going to the ENT doctor, I also visited a dentist and got to...  Read Full »

Dr. Nivedita Dalmia

Answer: Hi , Welcome to The swollen gland can be due to the infected molar. An infected tooth also can cause swollen glands in the neck. The swollen glands will subside only if the infection site is cleared. Get it treated as soon as possible. Visit the dentist, get an x-ray (IOPA - Intraoral P...  Read Full »

What are the treatment options for dental cysts?

Query: Hello doctor, I have two cysts in relation to upper right canine and premolar. Since I did not know anything about it, I ignored it. But last year I got an OPG, and I saw the cysts in it. I do not have pain or swelling, but whenever I touch the root of the upper teeth on the gums, I feel a sensation...  Read Full »

Dr. Tinu Thampy

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The OPG (attachment removed to protect patient identity) shows a cystic lesion extending from your upper right canine to the last molar. Maxillary sinus floor is also involved. Enucleation is a surgical procedure to remove the cystic lesion, depending on the cyst siz...  Read Full »

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