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Root canal treatment is done to save a tooth that is severely decayed or infected. In this procedure, nerves and blood vessels present in the pulp of the tooth are removed, and the pulp chamber is filled with a biocompatible material.

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My daughter’s last left back tooth broke and was hollow. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, My 10-year-old daughter's back left tooth completely broke off on her gum, and it was hollow. I believe it is an adult tooth. How would a tooth be hollow?  Read Full »

Dr. Tooba Qazi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to If it is the second last tooth on the last side, it is the last milk tooth that broke, as it falls off between ages 9 and 11 years. If the last tooth of the arch gets broken, it is the permanent molar tooth. It is the only permanent molar in the arch until 12 years of a...  Read Full »

I have pain when tapping on the tooth. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, My upper right one tooth (front tooth) is painful to touch from the front. It is sturdy and does not move at all. It also is not painful to push from the inside out. It does not hurt to bite down at all. It simply hurts to tap the front of the tooth. Any ideas on what this could be?  Read Full »

Dr. Tooba Qazi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Pain on tapping have two differential diagnosis. It could be a sensitive tooth. Enamel of tooth is weak that is why it is having greater amount of sensitivity on touch and pressure. If this is the case then veneering is done on the front surface of the tooth and this comp...  Read Full »

What can be done for tooth decay associated with pain?

Query: Hello doctor, I have tooth decay for the past five weeks and it is causing a lot of pain. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Tooba Qazi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your tooth enamel chipped off, exposing dentin and inner layers of the tooth. This might have opened root nerves too and that is why you are having pain. Start taking tablet Brufen 400 mg twice a day for three days. If the pain gets relieved by it, it means there is no...  Read Full »

Why is my filled tooth painful?

Query: Hello doctor, About a month ago, I got a filling on one of my front teeth, they called it a surface cavity but filled it like a normal cavity. For the first two weeks, I could barely drink room temperature drinks without being in agony. I made an appointment after two weeks to have my dentist look ...  Read Full »

Dr. Tooba Qazi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Unfortunately, your doubt is true about it. The swollen gum and change in its color right above the tooth in question indicate that your tooth is infected and you need a root canal treatment now. Immediately, start taking the antibiotics from now, before starting take a...  Read Full »

Why do I have a toothache after a sinus operation?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a sinus operation last week but have developed a pain in a tooth that needs a root canal treatment. It is extremely painful. Is there anything that can be done?  Read Full »

Dr. Tooba Qazi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Get an appointment as soon as possible and take painkiller tablet Brufen (Ibuprofen) 400 mg six hourly if you are having really severe pain, otherwise eight hourly like three times a day for three days. Do not lay down straight at bed at night. It aggravates the pain. P...  Read Full »

What can be done for my upper and lower tooth pain?

Query: Hello doctor, I have pain in the tooth, both upper and lower and it is fluctuating for the last five days.  Read Full »

Dr. Tooba Qazi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your right upper last wisdom tooth is erupting in a bit of horizontal pattern and hitting the second last tooth and has caused infection in it (attachment removed to protect patient identity). You might need extraction of upper right wisdom and root canal treatment of upp...  Read Full »

Why do I have intense pain after filling a tooth?

Query: Hello doctor, I had an extraction and an implant placed for tooth ​13 about six weeks ago, and I am supposed to get a crown placed on the implant in about six more weeks. Sadly, apparently due to the change in my bite caused by having number 13 tooth, a bottom tooth broke through an old filling i...  Read Full »

Dr. Tooba Qazi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thanks for giving all appropriate history. Tooth 14 that is having intense pain is indicating for root canal treatment (attachment removed to protect patient identity). If it would be a crack deep down to root you would be having sharp pain when you bite from it, otherw...  Read Full »

Why do I suffer from tooth pain after crown placement?

Query: Hello doctor, My back upper left molar had a cavity deep enough to warrant a crown last month. Since then, I have been back to the dentist twice to get adjustments on the crown, under the suspicion that its slight misfit with my bite was causing the dull-to-sharp pain I experience when I use that m...  Read Full »

Dr. Tooba Qazi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to In your case, there are three possibilities. The first line of treatment is as done by your dentist. After crown placement, slight misfit issues occur that need to be adjusted by trimming of occlusal or biting surface. It gets better soon after trimming or relieving pre...  Read Full »

Is extraction or RCT advisable for my 3.5-year-old child?

Query: Hello doctor, My 3.5 years old daughter's upper front four teeth have decayed very badly and our dentist has advised on either root canal treatment or taking them out. Which treatment is best suited overall for my daughter?  Read Full »

Dr. Tooba Qazi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Go for antibiotic coverage and meanwhile get the culprit teeth extracted if it is definitely amongst the first four. These are milk teeth which will come at age of 6. Do not get them extracted together. The one or two causing severe infection should be extracted out. A...  Read Full »

Can my tooth be sustained with a root canal and post?

Query: Hi doctor, I was suffering from molar pain for the past two weeks and then decided to see a doctor. One of my molars decayed and I needed a root canal. But here is a thing, my tooth is very very short for a crown, it is between 1 and 2 mm in height. Is it fine to just put a post and then refill the...  Read Full »

Dr. Tooba Qazi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to If your root canal is being in process and the crown length is very low, it is best to have post and core done on it after a final step of the root canal. This will strengthen your tooth and it will last long for like 10 years or more. If you do not get the post and cor...  Read Full »

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