Tooth Cavity

Tooth cavity or tooth decay or caries is when a tooth gets permanently damaged due to bacteria, frequent snacking, and consuming sugary foods. The symptoms of tooth cavity are tooth pain, sensitive tooth, black or frosted white spots on the teeth, and pain on biting.

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I have congenitally missing teeth and teeth with cavities that tend to break. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a female. My mother and I have the same dental issues. My teeth have cavities, and they break. Other medical issues are acid reflux, fear of vomiting, anxiety at the dentist (I usually get prescribed a particular Benzodiazepine when I go), PTSD (Post-traumatic stress disorder) is unr...  Read Full »

Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through your question, and I can understand your concern. Dental pain is usually non-localized because the brain's pain center can not identify the same, so the pain looks like the one you feel. Now coming to your query, you need to answer certain question...  Read Full »

There is a black spot in a tooth with sealant. What is it?

Query: Hello doctor, I am asking a question regarding my daughter who is 3 and 1/2. She was seen by her dentist a few months back. They performed a cleaning and also put sealant on her molars, as they have deep grooves. I just recently noticed a few dark spots in her molars, but I am wondering if that is ...  Read Full »

Dr. Tooba Qazi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Yes, your daughter has deeply grooved teeth (attachment removed to protect patient identity). By book, its treatment is in the following steps. Cleaning, that your dentist did perfectly as there are no residues of plaque or tartar at tooth surfaces. Deep fissure sealan...  Read Full »

I have no pain in my upper third molar, but I am advised to undergo root canal treatment. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor,Does the upper third molar need a root canal? I have no pain or symptom but was advised to undergo root canal treatment.Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Divya Banu M

Answer: Hello, Welcome back to Thank you for your query. I have gone through the radiographs. The X-rays are not clear. Can you please send the X-ray involving the concerned tooth. The cavity seems deep and possibly involves the pulp horn (projecting or pin-point radiolucent area, which is a...  Read Full »

Should I be concerned about multiple cavities in my teeth as I am planning to undergo orthodontic treatment?

Query: Hi doctor, I am an 18-year-old female who has multiple cavities in my teeth. I filled seven cavities a few years ago. Now I have more than ten cavities. I am extremely anxious about it. Also, I need to put braces on my teeth. Is there possible to put braces while I have cavities? Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Shubham Shekhar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. You can get braces while you still have cavities (if they are small). But it is always better to get it filled before starting the orthodontic treatment because the cavities will become bigger and might cause pain lat...  Read Full »

I have an acute toothache with swelling due to a tooth cavity. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor,I have an acute toothache with swelling due to particles inside the tooth cavity. I tried all types of painkillers, continuing for two days. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Purva Jingar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. You can visit a dentist at any age and get treatment there. I suggest, Maintain oral hygiene properly and use mouthwash after brushing twice a day. Rinse mouth with salt water and turmeric mixture after meals twice a day. It is best...  Read Full »

I recently had several cavities filled and my gums are inflamed and painful. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor,I recently had several cavities filled at the right-hand side of my mouth. Since the procedure, my gums have been severely inflamed and painful. It has been about five days since the procedure, and it has only worsened. I can no longer eat from that side of my mouth and have trouble speaki...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. It seems your gums are coming in between teeth while chewing. It will go away in a week or two when the gums withdraw from above the tooth due to constant irritation. You can use warm salt water gargle twice a day for a week and an anesthe...  Read Full »

I have extreme sensitivity to cold in the area of oldest filling. Why?

Query: Hello doctor,I had not been to a dentist in about a decade (I am 30 years old) till five months back. I had not had any problems or noticeable cavities till about a year ago, when a fair few seemed to pop up all at once, a few on the front of my incisors. Now I admit, I had slacked off in adulthood ...  Read Full »

Dr. Divya Banu M

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Do not worry. The reason could be either your enamel is weak or maybe you are chewing or biting hard on those filled surfaces in the front areas of teeth. The composite filling does not have much strength when done in deep caries of back teeth or a larger portion of fro...  Read Full »

I am scared to go to the dentist. How to prepare myself?

Query: Hello doctor, My tooth really hurts but I do not see a cavity and I am really scared to go to the dentist. Kindly advise.  Read Full »

Dr. Geethanjali. S. S

Answer: Hi, Welcome to If you are in tooth pain, you definitely have to visit the dentist as soon as possible. You might not know which tooth does the trouble and it is always better to address at an earlier stage rather than postponing which might lead to a serious trouble or complex treatme...  Read Full »

There is a cavity on my tooth which pains if tongue touches it. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,There is a cavity on my left molar tooth and it pains a lot even when the tongue touches it.  Read Full »

Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You need to visit a dentist as soon as possible. If it is not treated soon, you may either need a root canal treatment or an extraction of the tooth. In the meantime, I suggest taking the following medicine: Amoxiclav 625 (Amoxicillin and Clavulanic acid) twic...  Read Full »

Why are there gray spots between the teeth?

Query: Hello doctor, My daughter is having a strong toothache. I looked into her tooth and found something gray in between two of her upper teeth. It looks awful and I do not know what it can be.  Read Full »

Dr. Honey Nandwani

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have viewed the image (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and the pain is appearing to be due to tooth decay. Consult a dentist and get examined, also get an X-ray done. If the decay is not reaching the nerves then a filling is sufficient. If the dec...  Read Full »

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