Tooth Decay

The softening of the tooth enamel caused by permanent damage due to bacteria producing acids is called tooth decay. When you eat sugary food, the bacteria in the mouth break down the sugar and produce acid, which demineralizes the tooth surface resulting in a cavity. Some of the factors that increase the risk of tooth decay are dry mouth, poor oral hygiene, frequent snacking, eating sticky foods, etc.

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I have a decayed tooth, and I have been experiencing pain in that tooth after undergoing dental treatment. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I visited a dentist because of the pain in my tooth. She started doing the procedure but am not sure if she was doing that correctly. She anesthetized me thrice but I could still feel the pain. I am not satisfied with her treatment. Please suggest what to do. Please help.   Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. The medication the dentist puts inside the tooth is used for necrotizing any remaining nerves inside the roots and also sanitizing them. It is called Formocresol. In such an infected cavity that causes pain, nerve...  Read Full »

My 18-month-old son is on a sugar-restricted diet but has decaying teeth. Is it reversible or manageable?

Query: Hello doctor, My 18-month-old son's teeth are decaying. First, the front (upper) four decayed, and now the sides have started decaying. He has a restricted sugary diet and has not been breastfed for the last seven to eight months; however, he is on breastfeeding now. Please suggest if the decay is r...  Read Full »

Dr. Anjana.g

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. As per the image (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), your baby has rampant caries, which is nothing but a borrowing type of dental cavity that occurs due to various factors. Initial treatment includ...  Read Full »

How can I save the bottom part of my broken tooth that is turning black?

Query: Hello doctor, The crown portion of my tooth had fallen a few years back, but the bottom portion was still intact and painless. But it has turned black now. What can be done? Please help.   Read Full »

Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. There are two options available. You can save it if the root is not resorbed and some part of the root can handle the crown. This method is called post and core building up. The second option is to get any tooth...  Read Full »

I have a decayed tooth since the past three years which needs to be extracted now. What can I do to save my tooth?

Query: Hi doctor, I am very worried regarding my recent appointment. I have been very neglectful over the last three years and am yet to go to the dentist. I have been informed I have very bad decay and will require fillings and potential tooth extraction. I have been advised to stop the sugar intake and t...  Read Full »

Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. I have gone through your question. First, if you are asking about smoking, I might tell you it is not a good habit. The second thing is that your oral health condition of cavities is not because of smoking but because you neglect to brush and...  Read Full »

How to get rid of extensive visible cavities in my teeth?

Query: Hello doctor, My front two teeth have visible extensive tooth decay. I had a decent size hole that started from the back of one tooth and is spreading around to the front. The other has a hole near the gum line. I am losing my confidence. What are my treatment options? Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. I wanted to know if there was associated pain with tooth decay. Simple cavities without pain can be treated simply with a dental filling. The procedure is simple. In case you have pain, the treatment will be roo...  Read Full »

The back part of my front tooth was chipped six months back, leaving a hole in it. How can I fix it?

Query: Hello doctor,I chipped the back part of my front tooth about six months back, which left a hole in my tooth. In the six months, the hole has turned dark blue which has left a blue stain on the front of my tooth. The tooth does not hurt at all and neither do my gums but I definitely want to correct t...  Read Full »

Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your question and I can understand your concern. It is a class 4 cavity, you need to visit a dentist and get it filled with tooth-colored restoration, and composite filling as soon as possible. After the next six months, it may need pulp expo...  Read Full »

How can I treat a small cavity in a tooth next to the molar teeth, which I had already lost due to decay?

Query: Hello doctor, I had cavities in my right and left upper molar teeth. I did not care much, and they fell gradually. However, the neighboring tooth also developed a small cavity which I noticed five days back, and I am afraid that my whole tooth will decay. I have taken a painkiller for that. What are...  Read Full »

Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. If the cavity is painless or sensitive only at the time of hot or cold fluids or even during taking much sweet foods, it can be treated simply with filling (dental restoration). On the other hand, if there is continuou...  Read Full »

I have cavities at the base of my top teeth, which are visible when I smile or speak. What are the options for treating them?

Query: Hello doctor,I have tooth decay at the base of my top teeth. I had depression a few years ago. I think it resulted from not brushing my teeth properly during that time. The base is now yellow and exposed. I believe the enamel is gone as well. I have no sensitivity or pain associated with those teeth...  Read Full »

Dr. Srinivas Saketh. G

Answer: Hello,Welcome to read your query and understand your concern.You could go for cosmetic restorations for those teeth. The decayed part will be removed and replaced with a tooth-colored restorative material. If this is not possible, you can get veneers done for those teeth. Veneers are b...  Read Full »

My decayed incisor has been replaced by a new tooth, and I need home remedies to cure the other decayed incisor. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor,I have had dental caries in my first two upper incisors. One incisor was replaced with a new tooth.Please suggest some home remedies.  Read Full »

Dr. Priyanga. K

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Since you have been treated for one incisor decay, you very well know about the treatment procedures. If you have episodes of pain I strongly recommend visiting your dentist and undergoing the same root canal procedure if it involves the pulp. For your molars, need you...  Read Full »

Despite applying the numbing gel, the tooth pain does not go away. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I have a severe toothache. I do not eat garlic or anything like that. I brushed my teeth and gargled with salt water. I used tooth numbing gel but did not get relief. I have school tomorrow, and I could not go to sleep at all. If I try to sleep, the tooth will ache even more badly. Earlie...  Read Full »

Dr. Soheel Hussain Zargar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your pain is due to carious teeth. You have developed acute pulpitis, and you will have sleepless nights. I suggest you take up following medications and you will get relieved. Tablet Amoxycillin 500 milligrams two times for five days. Tablet Ketorolac 10 milligram...  Read Full »

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