My mother had a very painful tooth, but instead of extracting it, the dentist advised her to go in for a root canal procedure. What is a root canal procedure?

My mother had a very painful tooth, but instead of extracting it, the dentist advised her to go in for a root canal procedure. What is a root canal procedure? A dentist uses this treatment to save a tooth which Continue reading My mother had a very painful tooth, but instead of extracting it, the dentist advised her to go in for a root canal procedure. What is a root canal procedure?

My father has a small soft swelling on his scalp that the doctor says is a sebaceous cyst. What is it?

This is a cyst or sac that is formed when an oil-producing gland in the skin gets blocked and swollen. It can develop on the scalp, trunk, face and genitals. A sebaceous cyst need not be treated but can be Continue reading My father has a small soft swelling on his scalp that the doctor says is a sebaceous cyst. What is it?

My sister’s baby is a day old and has a soft swelling on top of her head. Is this a head injury?

This is a common birth injury. It is due to accumulation of fluid in the scalp as a result of the pressure, occurring on that part of the head during delivery. It is more common in prolonged labour and vaccum Continue reading My sister’s baby is a day old and has a soft swelling on top of her head. Is this a head injury?