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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My son has cavities in his milk teeth and is very non-cooperative. Will it be possible to treat him?

Query: Hello doctor, A few days back, I had an appointment with a dentist for my root canal treatment. I took my little son with me as he was alone at home as the maid took off. He was holding a straw and playing, and accidentally, the dentist just saw his mouth when he opened it. The dentist told me my so...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Please attach pictures of his teeth if possible. It is always better to get cavities filled at this age. Sedation can be used to restore them; yes, they may affect permanent teeth later. Thank you.  Read Full »

I have a deep cavity in my molar tooth with an infection reaching the bone, and I experience no pain or swelling. Should I go for an RCT or extraction?

Query: Hello doctor, My molar tooth has a deep cavity. It has no pain, but the doctor said the infection is too deep, reaching the bone area. He told me about the RCT process of four sittings. I want to ask, should I go for RCT or tooth extraction in this condition? What should I do if the infection is too...  Read Full »

Dr. Nazima Anjum

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As your dentist said, the cavity is too deep; one thing is a normal filling cannot be done since a deep cavity has to be cleaned, and then a filling has to be done; in that case, there are chances that the pulp chamber may get exposed then you may have pain. There are ...  Read Full »

Could oral surgery be the cause of seizures in my little one?

Query: Hello doctor, My daughter had an oral surgery because she had a lot of cavities. They had to put her to sleep soon after the surgery. I am assuming less than six months that she started having seizures. Could the surgery or medicine they used made her develop these seizures? She is on medications fo...  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is highly unlikely for the medicine used during the surgery to cause the seizures now. Regarding the surgery causing this, the only possible explanation is the development of a stroke during or after surgery which can lead to seizures later. But, I guess she did not...  Read Full »

I am having pain due to tooth cavities. Please suggest some home remedies to overcome toothache

Query: Hello doctor, I am currently having sharp pain due to tooth cavities. I really want to go to a dentist, but my parents do not allow me to go until it stops hurting (like more than a day). They claim that the anesthesia would not work due to toothache. Is this true? My current medication include Salo...  Read Full »

Dr. Rakshana Devi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The toothache can be due to dental caries, gum infection, abscess, or tooth eruption. I advise you to take antibiotics and painkillers for three days and do saltwater gargling at night. Brush your teeth twice a day, but brush softly near the site of pain and avoid ch...  Read Full »

Why do I have persistent pain on the left side of the face?

Query: Hi doctor,I think my sinus infection causes pain in my teeth. The pain is relieved only when I hold an ice cube in the mouth. I have severe pain in the entire left side of the face without the ice. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. As per your history of pain, it is relieved only when you keep cold water or ice in your mouth. It is a typical feature of end-stage reversible pulpitis (inflammation of the pulp). The cold water causes vasoconstriction and reduces blood fl...  Read Full »

How to prevent infection in tooth cavity?

Query: Hello doctor, In my whole life I am known for eating candy and not brushing my teeth as much as I should. Today, I went to the dentist and said that I have nine cavities. This concerns me because I am not sure how long I had the cavities. This is my first time I am visiting a dentist. I read an a...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Yes, by getting the tooth filled you can prevent further decay of the teeth. It would prevent any spread of infection. Yes, dental infection can get life-threatening through septicemia (bacteria in blood), which can go through the maxillary sinus to the brain. But,...  Read Full »

Please give me solutions to prevent dental cavities.

Query: Hello doctor, My age is 18 years. I had a root canal last year. I have many cavities in my teeth. I brush three times a day nicely then also cavities grow up and come on other teeth. Please tell me any of your solutions.   Read Full »

Dr. Himayoon Majeed Mir

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have been through your query and I can understand your concern. The cavities (caries) have many causes to occur in the mouth. And overall cleaning with proper technique of brushing and flossing is essential to maintain good oral hygiene. Good oral hygiene with reg...  Read Full »

What could be the reason for upper jaw pain due to which I am not able to close my mouth?

Query: Hello doctor,From my left front tooth, all the way to the back of my teeth on top hurt. I cannot close my mouth and it feels like the pain is going up into the bone under my nose. What could that possibly be?  Read Full »

Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hello, Welcome to From your description, it seems to me that you have an apical periodontitis. If you have any cavity related to this area, the tenderness is because of it. Or you must have malocclusion, meaning there is more pressure on these teeth. You need to visit a dentist who will...  Read Full »

From the dental x-ray, can you please tell me the treatment required?

Query: Hello doctor, I want some advice regarding a dental x-ray I have done recently. I am having sensitivity in teeth. I am interested to know whether the cavities are at a critical stage requiring emergency filling and what treatment can prevent further progression. Could you please indicate which teeth...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to There are three milk teeth currently seen in the x-ray (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity), which you may lose in the future due to fragile and nearly resorbed roots. The milk teeth are in the lower 3rd from both ends. In upper 2nd from the center...  Read Full »

My gums are swollen, and I have a cavity. How can I treat it without going to the dentist?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 15 years old, and I have noticed an orange substance building up on some of my teeth. My gums are swollen. There is a cavity in my canine tooth, and I wondered if there was any way I could fix it without going to a dentist because my family is very poor. So, would you recommend a...  Read Full »

Dr. Nivedita Dalmia

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Debris is getting deposited onto the tooth surface. The gums are inflamed due to the debris. Brush your tooth twice daily. Rinse your mouth after every meal. I suggest you get your teeth cleaned by a dental hygienist. The cavity on the tooth surface is a cervical abr...  Read Full »

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