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 severe toothache. Is there any remedy to reduce pain and remove bacteria from the decayed tooth?

Query: Hello doctor,I have a severe toothache. What should I do? Is there any remedy to reduce pain and remove bacteria in the teeth?  Read Full »


Dr. Mayank Khandelwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and can understand your concern. Before we proceed, I would like to know which tooth of yours is having pain. Can you locate the tooth? For example, the upper right last tooth or the second from the last. Since when do you have the pain? Is i...  Read Full »

I have swollen gums and have pain while eating. What should I do?

Query: Hi doctor, I have swollen gums and have pain while eating. Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Krishna Swaroop Achanta

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen the photo that you have shared (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). It is a gingival swelling or abscess, more like an inflammatory lesion of the gum. It happens due to tooth decay if it is indicated for root canal treatment and the infe...  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 icliniq.com. 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 icliniq.com. 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 »

I am a 22-year-old with a decayed molar tooth causing pain. How to treat it?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 22-year-old, and I have tooth decay in my molars. I have been avoiding it for quite a long time. I am very scared of visiting a dentist, the tooth is almost gone, and I guess the nerves have become prominent. I am experiencing light pain every time, and I can not chew food from ...  Read Full »


Dr. Honey Nandwani

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. If the tooth is completely gone or if the crown of the tooth is already lost, then you need to get the tooth removed. If there is decay, an X-ray must be done to rule out the exact nature of the decay and to see if the tooth can be saved. If t...  Read Full »

I have a small hole in the middle of my tooth. What should I do?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a small hole in the middle of my tooth and the top of my tooth. I do not have any other symptoms. The only medication I am taking is a multivitamin. What should I do?  Read Full »


Dr. Honey Nandwani

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. As per the explanation, it looks like a tooth decay but does not look deep. So my suggestion is to consult a dentist and get evaluated and if the decay is superficial then filling of the tooth with a tooth-colored filling material will prevent further decaying. Investi...  Read Full »

A hole has started to develop in one of my upper teeth. What are my options?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 27 years old and have not seen a dentist since I was 18. I have a hole that has started to develop in one of my top teeth (although I have not experienced pain from it) and believe it is due to a cavity or gum disease. I use spitting tobacco and know I have other teeth issues. But...  Read Full »


Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your clinical images (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Yes, it is a cavity and not a gum problem. In medical terminology, it is called a class-V dental cavity. If it does not pain, it can be simply filled with a GIC (glass iono...  Read Full »

I have a decayed tooth. Kindly suggest the best treatment.

Query: Hello doctor, I have a decayed tooth, and I am attaching the X-ray. Should I go for RCT or tooth filling? Thank you.  Read Full »


Dr. Beryl Fredrick

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have reviewed your attached X-ray (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). The decay approximates your nerve layer, and the treatment depends on your symptoms. Do you have tooth pain and sensitivity to hot or cold foods? You require a root canal trea...  Read Full »

My daughter has three cavities in her teeth. Which medication to take?

Query: Hi doctor, My daughter has three cavities in her teeth. It is in its early stages. What medication do you advise?  Read Full »


Dr. Beryl Fredrick

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Unfortunately, there are no medicines to cure tooth decay without dental treatment. The tooth has three layers, outer enamel, dentin, and innermost nerve layer. When decay starts in the enamel layer, it does not show symptoms other than a ...  Read Full »

I have tooth pain that radiates to my head and sensitivity to cold food. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor, I am having tooth pain on the left side. I feel sensitivity when I drink anything cold. The pain increases and radiates to the head. I have been facing this issue for several months. The pain was less initially, but it has now increased. It has also happened previously but for a short dur...  Read Full »


Dr. Beryl Fredrick

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. The most common cause of dental pain is tooth decay. The tooth has three layers, outer enamel, dentin, and an innermost nerve layer. When decay starts in the enamel layer, it does not show symptoms other than a visible black spot on the tooth. A...  Read Full »

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