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swollen gum at wisdom tooth

A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Schneider
34 years experience Pediatric Dentistry
That depends: It could simply be food stuck behind the tooth. It could be the gum tissue getting squished between the top tooth and the bottom tooth. It could be th ... Read More
Dr. Louis Gallia
45 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
A few things: Infection, stuck food, cyst, tumor. Best bet is to see a board certified oral surgeon for exam/recommendations.

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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stuart Winkler
48 years experience Nephrology and Dialysis
Wisdom teeth: Wisdom teeth that are not able to emerge normally become impacted or trapped within the jaw. If they emerge partially through the the gums a passagew ... Read More
Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
38 years experience Dentistry
Need x-ray: Have your dentist take an x-ray of the four third molars to make sure that they are coming in correctly. If an impaction is evident, you will be refer ... Read More
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
40 years experience Dentistry
Operculum: That small bit of tissue gets inflamed and traumatized when you eat and when bacteria/food gets trapped. Have an oral surgeon evaluate you to see if i ... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
38 years experience Dentistry
See DDS: Contact your dentist for a clinical and radiographic examination to determine if the third molar is present and the treatment plan.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
53 years experience Orthodontics
Swelling: In the location you describe swelling can be from over-erupted upper wisdom tooth, impacted lower wisdom tooth, food impaction, gum disease, draining ... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Janet Roberto
36 years experience Family Medicine
Gum Pain: You may need that pulled also or at least checked out by a dentist!
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
40 years experience Dentistry
Wisdom Teeth: Probably not in the long run. The gingiva around the lower wisdom teeth is subjected to lots of trauma: food & bacteria getting caught, difficulty ... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Theodore Grellner
48 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
The important ...: ... question is how quickly is the pain and swelling of the gum progressing? What you describe is most likely an infection. The faster it worsens, th ... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
27 years experience Internal Medicine
Tooth abscess: You are likely having a dental abscess with a reactive lymph node under your chin. Make sure you see your dentist as soon as possible, in the mean tim ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
40 years experience Dentistry
Very possibly: It can also be caused by a periodontal pocket in that area. Your dentist will be able to tell after an examination with radiographs. Either way, it ne ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Robert Douglas
51 years experience Orthodontics
Several Poss : The best way to find out is to see your dentist for a diagnosis and treatment. It will get worse if you do nothing.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
36 years experience Dentistry
Infection : It is easy to get food debris stuck under the tissue around the wisdom tooth because you cannot clean it. This causes an infection that needs to be ... Read More

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