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Wappingers Falls, NY
A 26-year-old male asked:

I have a small tear at the base of my gums of my lower back left molar. i can scratch my tooth through it with my nail. doesn't hurt but is swollen?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Vicken Poochikian
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
Beware of infection: Gums usually heal fast, but you must use extreme mouth and dental hygiene. If its swollen there may be an infection and need antibiotics. Don't put your nails into your mouth since they are also sources of infection. If not better you must see an oral surgeon.
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Dr. Ronald Achong
Oral &Maxillofacial Surgery 19 years experience
See a dentist: Have the area looked at by a dentist. There may be an infection present.
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Last updated Sep 28, 2016

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