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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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Even after taking prescribed medicines, my sore throat and tooth pain has not subsided. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have had a recurrent sore throat for which I am taking Montair FX and had courses of antibiotics. I had no fever so I was not recommended COVID test. The reason was given as reflux so I started the medicine and raised my bed. However, for the last 10-15 days or so I am having sever...  Read Full »


Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The prescription contains only a multivitamin capsule (attachment removed to protect patient identity). You need antibiotics like Amoxicillin-CV 625 mg three times a day for a week along with a strong painkiller. Get the decayed wisdom teeth extracted as it is better...  Read Full »

I have tooth pain after undergoing dental treatment. Why?

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 icliniq.com. 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 »

Can RCT be done for a 5-year-old child?

Query: Hello doctor, My 5 years old son has a problem in one tooth (second last on down left side ) and doctors are suggesting for RCT (root canal treatment). I have attached the pictures to this query. Here are my questions: Can RCT (root canal treatment) be done for a 5-year-old child? Will it affect hi...  Read Full »


Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. This tooth is a milk tooth which will fall off in around 10 to 11 years of age (attachment removed to protect patient identity). So, till then to save it, you have to do a root canal treatment. Root canal treatment can be done on a child if he is cooperative or at le...  Read Full »

My mother is recommended to extract her tooth and replace with an implant. Is that the only option?

Query: Hello doctor, In what condition is tooth extraction the only option? The dentist recommends my mother extract her teeth and replace them with an implant. There is no periodontal disease. She has few restored cavities on other teeth, and overall oral health is good. She brushes and flosses daily. She...  Read Full »


Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. If the particular decayed tooth has less than one-third of tooth structure, it is not easy to save the tooth with root canal treatment and a crown. So extraction may be necessary. Send me the pictures of the tooth for a better diagnosis. Thank you.  Read Full »

My root canal filling came out. Pease help.

Query: Hello doctor, I had a root canal done for a tooth, a couple of months ago. My crown came out 8 days back. I did not go back to the dentist, but now a screw came out my tooth. What does this mean? When should I visit a dentist?  Read Full »


Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. First of all, I would like to explain the treatment that has been done to your tooth according to the details provided by you: Your tooth has been root canal treated. Root canal treatment is mostly done to a tooth when the decay has reached the innermost layer of the toot...  Read Full »

How to find out if I have caries under my tooth restoration?

Query: Hello doctor,I have three first molars that have been filled with amalgam three years ago. I need to know how can I find out if one of them has caries under the restoration because one more first molar was also restored by amalgam, and three years later, I was experiencing some pain. When the doctor...  Read Full »


Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com.Yes, there are possibilities of caries (tooth decay) underneath amalgam restorations. Please check the panoramic radiograph and see if there are any dark patches below the amalgam fillings in the teeth. It would be best if you could send a photograph of your recent pan...  Read Full »

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