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Why is there a pimple-type bump seen on the lower gums on the left side?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a pimple type bump on the left side in my mouth on the lower gums for the last ten days. There is no pain in the pimple but it pains while eating at the teeth present in the back which are used for chewing. I take medicines for BP, brain, and cholesterol. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Dentist, Endodontist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query. I am very sorry for the discomfort. As a specialist, I am here to help you. Kindly upload an image of the painful tooth. I would like to see the (pimple area), whether it is a sinus tract. I suspect periapical abscess. Kindly Mention the n...  Read Full »

Does dry socket result from smoking 24 hours after tooth extraction?

Query: Hello doctor, I had my lower back tooth pulled out three days back. It took a lot of effort to pull it out, as it was not loose. I have a little pain in that area and in my jaw, and I am terrified that I have or I am getting a dry socket. I am a smoker, and I waited for 24 hours before I smoked afte...  Read Full »

Dr. Purva Jingar


Answer: Hello, Welcome to It seems like a dry socket, but wait for a week, for it to heal. Also, if the pain exceeds more than seven days, then visit a dentist and get an x-ray done. Until then, follow the prescribed medications and quit smoking, as it is not a good habit. Drink lots of water,...  Read Full »

Why do swelling in gums occur post root stump extraction?

Query: Hello doctor, I had seven teeth extracted today, just the roots. Anyway, over two of the teeth the dentist said there was an infection. I did not get any antibiotics, but she cleaned the area after. There is a lot of swelling in that area, and the gums are real red and like an ulcer. But not much ...  Read Full »

Dr. Nivedita Dalmia


Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have seen the photos. (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Nothing to worry about. For the swelling give cold pack from the outside of the extraction area. Do not spit or rinse the mouth for a day. Drink lots of water to keep yourself hydrated. Do not...  Read Full »

Is there a possibilty for the bones to break while removing the roots of the teeth?

Query: Hello doctor, Is it difficult for a dentist to remove the roots of the teeth that are broken off at the gum line? And will it be painful when they do it? I think the ones are teeth 12, 13, 16, 26, and 27. If there are any chances for the bones to get broken while they do it? How will they get the...  Read Full »

Dr. Tooba Qazi


Answer: Hello, Welcome to Do not be scared at all. This should be dentist's headache, not yours. All you need to know is that you should take a proper meal at least half an hour before you go for your appointment because after the extraction you will be on a soft diet for a day and should av...  Read Full »

My root canal treatment material has fallen out after three years of treatment. What should I do?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 25-year-old woman. Three years ago, I had a root canal, and it fell out today now. It is a hole, and the tooth around the gums do I need to get it looked at also is there anything I can do at home to make sure nothing gets infected inside of the hole.  Read Full »

Dr. Ummah Mohammad


Answer: Hello, Welcome to Yes, you need to get that remaining part called root stump extracted. There must be a hole in which chances of food lodgement are there. Till you get it removed, you have to take care to avoid food lodgement there and protect the area from infections. After you get i...  Read Full »

What is the black pointy substance sticking out of my gums of the root canal failed tooth?

Query: Hi doctor, I have done a root canal before few years. But it fell off, and nothing has been there for a few years. This morning, when I woke up, I saw a black pointy substance sticking out on my gum. What is it?  Read Full »

Dr. Asma Parveen


Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through the attachment (attachment removed to protect patient identity). On looking your tooth and after going through your complaint, there is a retained root piece. It is left behind there. There is nothing to worry. You need to extract it soon from your d...  Read Full »

What is the treatment for painful retained root of a tooth?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a tooth which is gone but the root is still there. It is super sore. The pain is unbearable and put Anbesol, Orajel, Ibuprofen, Advil, Aspirin, tried it all. What should I try to do now? Can I just pull it out? Do I have to go to a doctor or dentist? What will they do for me th...  Read Full »

Dr. Nida Shahab


Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have got your problem. As there is root piece left inside, then definitely you should go to the nearby dentist to get it extracted soon. As there are pain and swelling, it means that the root piece is infected. So you need to get it removed as soon as possible. Dentis...  Read Full »

I have a plum-sized swelling on my face. How do I make it go down?

Query: Hello doctor, I have an abscess on the right side of my face that has swollen up as big as a plum. The reason for the abscess, I guess, is because I have two missing teeth on the side of my mouth. But since there are no teeth there, I want to know what can be done about this abscess? How do I get r...  Read Full »

Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray


Answer: Hello, Welcome to The abscess is not because of the missing teeth. It can be either because of an infection of the root stem or a cystic swelling related to the salivary gland. If it is only some days old, it can be an infectious swelling and be treated with antibiotics like Augmentin ...  Read Full »

I have a pus pimple at the area of flap surgery. Please guide me.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 35 year old male. I had a root canal treatment done on the lower left side second molar about four to five years back by an endodontist. Two years after the treatment, the ceramic crown came off and was replaced by a metallic crown. Recently, I had a pus pimple under that t...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Dentist, Endodontist, Pedodontist, Periodontist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The infection is due to the improperly done root canal of the mesial root of that tooth. Flap surgery was done needlessly. The treatments possible are: Frequently, what the dentist would do after such a problem is to extract that tooth. Go to an Endodontist and reques...  Read Full »

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