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i have a small flap of gum behind a fully grown wisdom tooth. the tooth itself give me no troubles, is this little piece of loose gum normal?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
39 years experience Dentistry
Yes: It is called an operculum.
Answered on Oct 9, 2016
Dr. Gary Sandler
53 years experience Dentistry
Common, yes....: Common, yes...but whether or not it's "normal" and requires no treatment or perhaps might require some treatment depends upon the position of your wisdom tooth, the opposing teeth, the bite and the periodontal condition. Have your own dentist evaluate this for you.
Answered on Jun 28, 2017
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Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
35 years experience Pain Management
It is normal: Partial eruption of a wisdom tooth can create a flap of gum tissue next to the tooth. If the gum tissue around the wisdom tooth becomes irritated and infected, see your dentist for treatment options.
Answered on Jan 19, 2015
Dr. Arnold Malerman
52 years experience Orthodontics
Operculum: Can harbor impacted food debris and/or bacteria. Can easily be removed by your General Dentist, an Oral Surgeon, or a Periodontist. You'll feel better almost immediately.
Answered on Mar 27, 2017

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