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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I have pain when tapping on the tooth. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, My upper right one tooth (front tooth) is painful to touch from the front. It is sturdy and does not move at all. It also is not painful to push from the inside out. It does not hurt to bite down at all. It simply hurts to tap the front of the tooth. Any ideas on what this could be?  Read Full »

Dr. Tooba Qazi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Pain on tapping have two differential diagnosis. It could be a sensitive tooth. Enamel of tooth is weak that is why it is having greater amount of sensitivity on touch and pressure. If this is the case then veneering is done on the front surface of the tooth and this comp...  Read Full »

I have pain in filled teeth. Is root canal mandatory?

Query: Hello doctor, About a month ago, I got a filling on one of my front teeth, they called it a surface cavity but filled it like a normal cavity. For the first two weeks, I could barely drink room temperature drinks without being in agony. I made an appointment after two weeks to have my dentist look ...  Read Full »

Dr. Tooba Qazi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Unfortunately, your doubt is true about it. The swollen gum and change in its color right above the tooth in question indicate that your tooth is infected and you need a root canal treatment now. Immediately, start taking the antibiotics from now, before starting take a...  Read Full »

Why does my mobile tooth hurt even after splinting?

Query: Hello doctor,I have a question regarding my lower front tooth. It was luxated and I when I visited my dentist, he said he could save the tooth and he put a splint on my lower six front teeth. He said I should wear it for six months and that, in time, would heal. It has been four months now but I sti...  Read Full »

Dr. Tooba Qazi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It would have become normal by the third month and in the next three months, it might become more firm. But, if you are still having pain and pressure then it indicates that it might not be saved and ultimately might go for extraction if luxation is grade 3. If luxation...  Read Full »

Why have I developed toothache after sinus operation?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a sinus operation last week but have developed a pain in a tooth that needs a root canal treatment. It is extremely painful. Is there anything that can be done?  Read Full »

Dr. Tooba Qazi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Get an appointment as soon as possible. And take painkiller tablet Brufen 400 mg six hourly if you are having really severe pain, otherwise eight hourly like three times a day for three days. Do not lay down straight at bed at night. It aggravates the pain. Put some cus...  Read Full »

Can a post be done after root canal treatment in my tooth?

Query: Hi doctor, I was suffering from molar pain for the past two weeks and then decided to see a doctor. One of my molars decayed and I needed a root canal. But here is a thing, my tooth is very very short for a crown, it is between 1 and 2 mm in height. Is it fine to just put a post and then refill the...  Read Full »

Dr. Tooba Qazi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to If your root canal is being in process and the crown length is very low, it is best to have post and core done on it after a final step of the root canal. This will strengthen your tooth and it will last long for like 10 years or more. If you do not get the post and cor...  Read Full »

I have tooth pain along with pain during opening the mouth. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have lower and upper jaw pain, toothache, pain opening the mouth and a neck ache.  Read Full »

Dr. Tooba Qazi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You might have a habit of clenching your teeth very tightly, that is why you are having joint pain on opening and closing of the mouth. Your TMJ must be disrupted. For its relief, take tablet Brufen 400 mg twice a day for three days. And take any best muscle relaxant tabl...  Read Full »

Why am I having pain in both upper and lower teeth?

Query: Hello doctor, I have pain in the tooth, both upper and lower and it is fluctuating for the last five days.  Read Full »

Dr. Tooba Qazi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your right upper last wisdom tooth is erupting in a bit of horizontal pattern and hitting the second last tooth and has caused infection in it (attachment removed to protect patient identity). You might need extraction of upper right wisdom and root canal treatment of upp...  Read Full »

What can be done for tooth decay associated with pain?

Query: Hello doctor, I have tooth decay for the past five weeks and it is causing a lot of pain. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Tooba Qazi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your tooth enamel chipped off, exposing dentin and inner layers of the tooth. This might have opened root nerves too and that is why you are having pain. Start taking tablet Brufen 400 mg twice a day for three days. If the pain gets relieved by it, it means there is no...  Read Full »

What can be done for toothache related to broken decayed tooth?

Query: Hello doctor, For the past two months, I have had on and off toothache. My gum sometimes hurt. There is a decay where I had broken a tooth and it has just chipped away over the years, is sore as well. I have been taking a lot of Ibuprofen. Is my life going to be in possible jeopardy?  Read Full »

Dr. Tooba Qazi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to If you are not allergic to following medicines, immediately start taking it. Tablet Augmentin 625 mg twice a day for five days, tablet Metronidazole 400 mg twice a day for five days, tablet Brufen 400 mg thrice a day for five days. This will cover your infection. After ...  Read Full »

Pain in a filled tooth

Query: Hello doctor, I had an extraction and an implant placed for tooth ​13 about six weeks ago, and I am supposed to get a crown placed on the implant in about six more weeks. Sadly, apparently due to the change in my bite caused by having number 13 tooth, a bottom tooth broke through an old filling i...  Read Full »

Dr. Tooba Qazi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thanks for giving all appropriate history. Tooth 14 that is having intense pain is indicating for root canal treatment (attachment removed to protect patient identity). If it would be a crack deep down to root you would be having sharp pain when you bite from it, otherw...  Read Full »

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