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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Why do my neck lumps not respond to antibiotics?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 24-year-old female. I have a lump on both sides of my neck that I first noticed two months ago and still not going away even with antibiotics. I have no fever. Six months back, I had an ear infection and was prescribed antibiotics. I was also diagnosed with COVID-19 a year before....  Read Full »


Dr. Radha P H

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Lumps or lymph nodes enlargement on the neck are often met with many conditions. The most common cause is tooth decay or infection inside the oral cavity or gums. Ear infection also produces lymph node enlargement. If you have a chronic infection, then the glands will ...  Read Full »

Is RCT required to treat pain in the lower teeth?

Query: Hello doctor, I have tooth pain, and the dentist has suggested a root canal treatment be done on one of the lower teeth based on the x-ray attached. Do any of the lower teeth require a root canal treatment in your opinion?  Read Full »


Dr. Tinu Thampy

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. When there is a tooth pain, it means that the infection has reached the pulp of the tooth. The pulp of the tooth is the innermost part of the tooth where the blood vessels and the nerves are present. In the crown portion of the tooth, it is called pulp chamber, and in...  Read Full »

My 4-year-old daughter has an infected tooth with pain. Does it require extraction?

Query: Hello doctor,My 4 year old daughter got a cavity filled a month back. But now, she is complaining that the same tooth is paining, and there is a big swelling around the infected tooth. So, we went to the dentist, who gave her antibiotics for seven days. He wants to extract the infected tooth, and he...  Read Full »


Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. At 4 years, we never advise getting the tooth extracted. If the tooth is infected, we perform a procedure called as pulpectomy. Here we remove the infected portion of the pulp, and replace it with a filling or place a small crown to save the tooth until the patient is...  Read Full »

I have severe pain in my broken lower molar. How to treat it other than extraction?

Query: Hi doctor, I am having severe pain in one of my lower molar for a week, which is broken and is falling off in pieces. I do not want to get it removed due to fear of pain. What else can be done?  Read Full »


Dr. Parth Laxminarayan Iyer

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I am sorry for your complaint. Well, you have not stated for how long you have been experiencing the pain. Also, try to elaborate the nature of the tooth pain, for example, is it on and off type, persistent, etc. Probable cause: Decay. Tooth fracture. Probable diagnosi...  Read Full »

Do painless brown, and black spots on teeth indicate tooth decay?

Query: Hi doctor,Two days ago I saw a brown spot on my lower back tooth so I decided to check the rest of my teeth and I have got black marks in the corners of my mouth on the surface of my tooth. The left top side is worse as I have not been having any toothaches or pain so I am worried that it might be s...  Read Full »


Dr. Ummah Mohammad

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I saw the attachment (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity) and understand your concern. Basically, by looking at the picture, I have two types of opinion, the confirmation of which either you can say by symptoms or the dentist by using an explorer inst...  Read Full »

Will severe acid reflux turn my teeth translucent with receding gums?

Query: Hi doctor, Lately, I noticed that my teeth are not the best looking. I had acid reflux. I looked up a lot of stuff about acid in the mouth, and looking at my teeth I think this is what is happening. My teeth started turning translucent two weeks ago. When I looked it up, it said that it could occur...  Read Full »


Dr. Honey Arora

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The symptoms that you have explained are right. If you have acid reflux problem and in your case, it looks like there is too much of acid refluxing in your mouth from the stomach. This acid can erode your teeth making the enamel thin due to loss of minerals. I have common...  Read Full »

Why did the infection spread to the jaw even after root canal treatment?

Query: Hi doctor, I had a root canal by a general dentist. I was told that the tooth was infected and going through with the procedure would be my best. I consented and had my treatment. I was done with the treatment and came home with full of instructions given to me. I had Penicillin and Ibuprofen for ev...  Read Full »


Dr. Tinu Thampy

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. As per the radiograph (attachment removed to protect patient identity), your tooth infection had extended beyond the root apex and entered the underlying bone, and it becomes a periapical abscess. The tooth roots are much flared also. Root canal treatment is a conserva...  Read Full »

Does a painless greenish color tooth in a baby indicate tooth decay?

Query: Hi doctor, A 2 years old baby has a tooth problem. No pain but it looks odd, like a greenish color and kind of decay. I have attached the picture for your reference. Kindly help us.  Read Full »


Dr. Beryl Fredrick

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through the query and the attached picture (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). This tooth has a decay (cavity), and this can be cleaned and filled when you visit a dentist. But in this current pandemic, I would advise you to wait till...  Read Full »

Is it acceptable to remove all wisdom teeth if they pose a problem in the future?

Query: Hi doctor, My bottom right wisdom tooth is barely breaking through my gums. However, in the x-ray, it looks like it already erupted. Is it possible for the x-ray not to have gotten my wisdom tooth when taking the picture? The wisdom tooth on the bottom left has already fully erupted. I do feel the ...  Read Full »


Dr. Praveen Kumar Tuppad

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The x-ray you have enclosed (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity) seems to be showing only your upper right wisdom tooth (it has a decay). You may hear a different opinion from different dentists. We sometimes advise treating the wisdom tooth with a ro...  Read Full »

How to manage a decayed tooth presenting with swollen cheeks?

Query: Hello doctor, Yesterday I visited my dentist for a decayed tooth and infected gums. The dentist failed to extract the tooth, as Novocaine did not work because of the infection. Now my cheek is swollen and painful. I was prescribed Amoxicillin and Vicodin.  Read Full »


Dr. Tinu Thampy

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The swelling of your cheek is due to infection extending from your tooth and root apex into the underlying bone and the facial surface and has reached the soft tissues (muscle and fat). This infection can spread further to the adjacent areas and cause bacteremia (bacteri...  Read Full »

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