Iopa

IOPA is the short form for intraoral periapical radiograph. It is a type of intraoral, that is, the x-ray film is placed inside the mouth while taking a radiograph. This type of x-ray shows the entire tooth, along with its surrounding structures.

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Does my dental X-ray show any cavity?

Query: Hi doctor, I have got a dental x-ray done today. I got a root canal on the upper second tooth from the canine. Please go through my dental x-ray and inform about cavities if any.  Read Full »


Dr. Prerna Jain

Dentist, Orthodontist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I would like to tell you that OPG - orthopantomogram x-ray is not the most reliable investigation for diagnosing cavities. The reason is that it is a larger x-ray of the whole oral cavity, which is great for studying the relation between teeth and bones. Unless the cavity...  Read Full »

What causes constant pulsatile tooth pain?

Query: Hi doctor, I have constant pain in my front tooth (11). I have not had any trauma to it as of I aware and I take good care of my teeth. I do not have gum disease. There may be a tiny bit of gum recession due to over brushing. The ache is constant. I do not get any pain from cold or hot food or drink...  Read Full »


Dr. Prerna Jain

Dentist, Orthodontist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The tooth pain you are experiencing is indicative of pulpitis that is there is inflammation of the living part of your tooth. It may or may not be irreversible. It would be clearer if you could answer a few more questions. When did the pain start? How long has it been? Ho...  Read Full »

What could present as a lump in the gums of upper front teeth?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 50-year-old male. I am having good health and no medications. About three days ago, I noticed with my tongue a lump, mass on my upper gum right to my front teeth and towards the top of the jaw, gumline. It feels smooth and dome-like. I took a look at it in the mirror and of c...  Read Full »


Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Dentist, Endodontist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Kindly upload an image of the lump. It can be a cyst or an abscess due to the crown. I need to find out soon. I need your cooperation and faith. Kindly upload the image as soon as convenient as the lump is a serious issue. It is not cancerous or something to be sup...  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

Dentist, Orthodontist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 »

My daughter's incisors are yet to erupt though the milk teeth shedded before four months. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, This query is for my daughter who is 6 years and 7 months old. She lost her top primary incisor teeth (universal numbering -9) before four months. She still has not got the permanent teeth until now. She however, has lost the other three incisors and got the permanent teeth. Kind...  Read Full »


Dr. Paras Angrish

Dentist, Pedodontist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. As you mentioned your daughter is 6 years and 7 months old. Please confirm if she has lost all her upper primary teeth or lowers where the permanent teeth have come? Other thing is if all the upper four primary incisors are gone and three have come. Generally, we n...  Read Full »

Is root canal necessary when the dental filling is almost touching the nerves?

Query: Hi doctor, My tooth has been filled and I went to the dentist and he took an x-ray and the filling was to close to to my nerve. He said he will have to do a root canal which I do not want to do. I was thinking of other ways to go around this because my nerve has nothing wrong in it. I do not think ...  Read Full »


Dr. Tooba Qazi

Dentist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It all depends on your symptoms. Why did you visit the dentist if the filling was already done? Are you experiencing any pain or discomfort in it? If yes, then unfortunately, there is no option left but root canal treatment for it, because it might have touched the r...  Read Full »

What does an odd mass in the gums on a dental x-ray indicate?

Query: Hello doctor, I took an x-ray a few days ago and there is an odd gray mass about the size of a tooth in my gums on the left bottom side. I do not believe. I have been getting discomforts and as a result of that because I am currently getting some pain from my wisdom tooth which is colliding into it...  Read Full »


Dr. Naveen Thomas

Dentist, Endodontist, Pedodontist, Periodontist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I believe you are seeing the gray mass in the x-ray and as such you do not have any swelling over the gums which you can visually see. There can be any of the following conditions according to your symptoms: It can be a benign cyst, which usually occurs below the lo...  Read Full »

Will extraction of retained primary tooth give way for the permanent tooth to grow in position?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 17 years old. I have a loose tooth that I believe to be one of my primary teeth. My questions are, does that make it an over-retained primary tooth? If it is an over-retained primary tooth, does that mean that if it falls out, will my permanent tooth will grow in or is it possib...  Read Full »


Dr. Divya Banu M

Dentist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. First of all, based on your age, it must be definitely a retained deciduous or primary tooth as it is mobile, because rarely in this age tooth mobility can occur (unless you have any gum disease). So, the treatment for the retained tooth is removal. Kindly send me a ...  Read Full »

Why am I having severe toothache at night?

Query: Hello doctor, I am facing a toothache problem, especially at night times. There is higher pain from the last three days. Please suggest me a solution for toothache problem.  Read Full »


Dr. Ummah Mohammad

Dentist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. As you are describing it as night pain it looks like the infection in your tooth has reached pulp and now requires root canal treatment. Please get an X-ray done and send the photo of the X-ray as soon as possible. For now, you may take the following medications for ...  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

Dentist

Answer: Hi , Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 »

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