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An area of my gum is swollen. How can I tell if my tooth is infected?

An area of my gum is swollen. How can I tell if my tooth is infected?

Might be infected: Gum swelling and pain can certainly be caused by a primary gum infection or an infected tooth. Strongly suggest an evaluation by your dentist. ...Read more

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Gums (Definition)

Gum are the pink soft tissue that forms a collar around our teeth, that collar acts as a gasket of sorts that protects the tooth roots and the bone that ...Read more


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My gum is swollen where my wisdom tooth is, what could this be?

My gum is swollen where my wisdom tooth is, what could this be?

Pathology: Swelling of the gums associated with a wisdom tooth could be a localized infection around the crown of an erupting tooth known as a pericoronitiis. It could also be due to an acute abscess and in some instances, the swelling could be related to a possible cyst. A clinical evaluation with the appropriate x-rays by your dentist can provide you with a more definitive diagnosis. ...Read more

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My gum is swollen over my left wisdom tooth. What do I do?

My gum is swollen over my left wisdom tooth. What do I do?

Call a dentist: The wisdom tooth in question may need to be extracted. It needs to be examined to know for sure. ...Read more

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My gum is swollen and slimy just around 1 front tooth, never had dental work done, please help!

My gum is swollen and slimy just around 1 front tooth, never had dental work done, please help!

Gingivitis: or gums abscess. A swollen gums can be a sign that you are at risk for, or already have, gum disease. Call your dentist today for exam x-rays and treatment. Good luck. ...Read more

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My right upper part of my gum is swollen. It's the tooth next to my bracket to hold the wire for braces, help?

My right upper part of my gum is swollen. It's the tooth next to my bracket to hold the wire for braces, help?

Clean, clean, clean: Food impaction caused by food get stuck in the bracket or wire will cause gum swollen. Tried to clean the area with proxy brush, tip of your toothbrush, water pik, etc... Check with your dentist if he or she can relocated the bracket or molar tube higher to help with food impaction. Bonding molar tub sometimes can be used in place of molar ring to avoid gingival reaction. ...Read more

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One part of my gum is swollen it is the part with the tooth growing almost in front of some of the teeth at the top what is this?

One part of my gum is swollen it is the part with the tooth growing almost in front of some of the teeth at the top what is this?

Eruption cyst: Likely the bubble that forces its way ahead of the erupting tooth. Should resolve once the underlying tooth breaks the surface. If it does not improve, see the Dentist for examination, diagnosis and Tx. Good LUck. ...Read more

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Her tooth or gum is swollen and she suspect puss on it , it also hurts very much.Does she need it taken out soon ?

Her tooth or gum is swollen and she suspect puss on it , it  also hurts very much.Does she need it taken out soon ?

Maybe: Should see a dentist or oral surgeon to evaluate asap but there may be options other than extraction. A dental professional can help you make the right decision but do not wait. Dental infections can have serious consequences of left untreated. ...Read more

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Half of my wisdom tooth came through, now the other half of the gum is swollen. Is this normal?

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 treated by a dentist. The dentist may recommend extraction of the wisdom tooth. For now clean as well as you can, rinse with salt water, take ibuprophen if you can, and call your dentist asap. ...Read more

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Had filling done, 5 injections, gum is swollen, tooth doesn't hurt. Gum feels like scratched. How long before swelling goes down?

Had filling done, 5 injections, gum is swollen, tooth doesn't hurt. Gum feels like scratched. How long before swelling goes down?

What's the Rush!: Good day; You may have required numerous injections to anesthetize a hot tooth- be patient, after anesthetic has worn off evaluate situation. ...Read more

Gum Swelling (Definition)

There are many causes: gum disease, hormonal changes, medications, food impact ...Read more