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A 49-year-old male asked:

Bottom right molar and gums hurt a lot. is it infected? can i wait until monday? food often gets lodged between my two bottom right molars. wisdom tooth gone, but between these two teeth there is a crach and food likes it there. i have to floss constantly

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 42 years experience
Can't : Can't tell if you are infected, but from your description it sounds like you have an open cantact in that area. The open contact can be caused by teeth shat have shifted, a loose or defective filling, or a cavity. The food you are eating is getting impacted between the teeth, irritating the gum tissue, and causing it to swell a bit. Probably bleeding and sore due to the pressure. Floss and brush to clean it out, then a little salt water and/or mouthwash brushed into the area to help reduce bacterial count. See your dentist to have it corrected, since left untreated it can not only be annoying, but the inflammation can result in localized bone loss and periodontal pocketing. Also, take otc analgesics to relieve pain and reduce inflammation.
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Dr. Peter Certo
Dentistry 31 years experience
Hopefully : Hopefully you follow the other doctors responses and got to your dentist, if not, you are just asking for a major problem to happen. Please do not wait any longer.
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Dr. Neil McLeod
Prosthodontics 51 years experience
IT : It is monday and you should go and see your dentist! food packing is a real nuisance, and it can happen because part of the tooth or filling has broken away, leaving a space, or more often there is gum disease and the teeth or tooth has lost enough bone to cause it to be less able to with stand the pressure of the bite. Under these circumstances the tooth drift back under pressure and food packs into the space. For relief i would recommend brushing, flossing and rinsing, and temporarily taking advil and tylenol (acetaminophen). But really i think you should go and see you dentist and have the gums treated and the bite corrected. Dr neil mcleod dds dentistry that last - quality that counts.
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Dr. Kenneth Grossman
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Endodontics 46 years experience
See your dentist: You either have a gum or root canal problem. Food packing is dueto lost fillings, decay, gum pocket, and/ or open contacts. Don't ignore.See your dentist!
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Last updated Jan 30, 2021

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