Toothache can be due to tooth decay, tooth fracture, tooth injury, tooth abscess, infected gums, and grinding teeth. Infection of the tooth pulp (pulpitis) results in severe, throbbing, and continuous pain, especially at the night. Consult a dentist to diagnose and treat the cause of toothache.

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How to resolve my wisdom tooth pain before getting it extracted?

Query: Hello doctor, I have horizontally impacted wisdom tooth. I have an appointment to get them removed. But I started getting pain in the lower left base of my head. I think my tooth has got infected. I could see right into my lower left wisdom tooth, and I am keeping it as clean as possible with brush...  Read Full »

Dr. Nupur Prashant Shah

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern regarding dental health. The occurrence of pain is very common in an impacted wisdom tooth. That is very good that you are keeping it clean as much as possible in multiple ways. But, if your pain is too much, then go for the dosage of antibio...  Read Full »

What is the most effective way to get rid of severe toothache?

Query: Hello doctor, What is the most effective way to get rid of a severe toothache? Last Sunday, I went to a different clinic for tooth filling because my dentist went abroad for vacation. In fact, it lessened the pain, but afterward, it became more painful. So I contacted my dentist for medicine to tak...  Read Full »

Dr. Geethanjali. S. S

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Firstly, I would like to say that a simple filling cannot be a treatment for a tooth in pain. The pain itself occurs only because of an infection inside the tooth. Yes, as the other dentist said, it could be a dental abscess. You have also mentioned that you have severe...  Read Full »

Am I having temporary pain or just sensitivity in my upper front teeth?

Query: Hello doctor, My front upper right tooth spontaneously became extremely sensitive to heat yesterday while drinking hot liquid in the middle of the day. Shortly after, it became painful, primarily when touched or biting. I can also feel some throbbing from the root or gum. Today it is still painful. ...  Read Full »

Dr. Srinivas Saketh. G

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The sensitivity could be due to tooth abrasion. But pain indicates a pulpal or a periodontal pathology (pain due to decay tooth or problem with the gums involving the tooth). An X-ray could probably be of good help in such a situation. Maybe, you had a hit to the tooth ...  Read Full »

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 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 »

My mother has a toothache with swelling. Is it an emergency?

Query: Hello doctor, My mother is 45 years old. She got a hole in teeth and she is complaining of a toothache for three days and from yesterday, she developed swelling on the right half of the face. Is this any sort of emergency?  Read Full »

Dr. Deepti Jakhmola

Answer: Hello, Welcome to After going through your query and image sent by you (attachment removed to protect patient identity), this seems to be a case of severe infection inside the right tooth. Tooth decay has resulted in infection in the innermost part of the tooth called pulp that contai...  Read Full »

I am scared to go to the dentist. How to prepare myself?

Query: Hello doctor, My tooth really hurts but I do not see a cavity and I am really scared to go to the dentist. Kindly advise.  Read Full »

Dr. Geethanjali. S. S

Answer: Hi, Welcome to If you are in tooth pain, you definitely have to visit the dentist as soon as possible. You might not know which tooth does the trouble and it is always better to address at an earlier stage rather than postponing which might lead to a serious trouble or complex treatme...  Read Full »

I am experiencing pain and swelling in my upper right broken back teeth. What should I do?

Query: Hello doctor, I have dental pain and swelling in my broken upper right back teeth. The pain started two days ago. I took a Nimesil for the pain. Kindly advise.   Read Full »

Dr. Krishna Swaroop Achanta

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I will get back to you soon.  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 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 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 »

Why is my tooth infection not evident on X-ray?

Query: Hello doctor, Last Saturday I was feeling some discomfort with one of my teeth. It is a tooth that has a crown on it. I was chewing on a piece of steak, and it felt sore. It felt a little sore on Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. I saw my dentist on Tuesday and they did not see any thing wrong ...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Sometimes, it takes time for an abscess to show on the X-ray, but pain starts as soon as it starts producing pus. When the quantity of pus increases and causes bone loss at the root apex, then it starts showing on the X-ray. If tapping causes pain, then the tooth does n...  Read Full »

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