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Subsequent to wisdom teeth gum swelling and bump on inside cheek?

Subsequent to wisdom teeth gum swelling and bump on inside cheek?

Wisdom teeth: Sometimes wisdom teeth are valuable asset when healthy and properly aligned, but more often, they are misaligned and require removal. See your dentist for evaluation and x-rays. ...Read more

Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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There are swollen gums where my wisdom teeth are. Why is it and how do I reduce the swelling?

There are swollen gums where my wisdom teeth are. Why is it and how do I reduce the swelling?

Erupting or?: You may or may not have enough room for your wisdom teeth to erupt. You may have swollen gums from the normal eruption of your wisdom teeth, or an infection, pericoronitis (inflammation) or food impaction. See a dentist to determine the cause and advice as what to do. Take some otc pain medication and rinse with salt water in the meantime. ...Read more

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I have swollen gums from wisdom teeth. How can I get the swelling down besides salt water?

I have swollen gums from wisdom teeth. How can I get the swelling down besides salt water?

Extraction: Pericoronitis is a condition when gum surrounding the tooth is inflamed. It occurs frequently in the area of wisdom teeth, when a partial erupting posiiton causing inflammation and trauma to the gingiva (due to plaque collected, poor oral hygiene, and traumatic occlusion in the area). Extraction would be a definitive treatment. Good brushing and antibiotic is only for temporary relief. ...Read more

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My gums are swelling, it caused by a small teeth grew up at the back of the wisdom teeth. Its really pain. What should I do?

My gums are swelling, it caused by a small teeth grew up at the back of the wisdom teeth. Its really pain. What should I do?

See a dentist: You should see a dentist about this painful problem. It sounds like you have an infection that needs to be treated. Don't delay. This could be serious. ...Read more

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What do I do with the swelling. My gum swollened at the back of the molar and it's not wisdom teeth that cause it because I removed last year.

What do I do with the swelling. My gum swollened at the back of the molar and it's not wisdom teeth that cause it because I removed last year.

Have it examined: It may be food impaction, periodontal pocketing, or even an abscess from a necrotic nerve. Once the cause is determined, your local dentist will determine the proper course of care. Feel better soon. ...Read more

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I have pain in the left wisdom teeth. Little swelling is also seen. Gums became pale. Please suggest. Thank you.?

Wisdom Teeth: Sometimes wisdom teeth are valuable asset when healthy and properly aligned, but more often, they are misaligned and require removal. The removal of wisdom teeth is one of the most common procedures at ages 16-26. See your dentist for evaluation and x-rays. ...Read more

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Impacted wisdom teeth, causing bad breath, smelly floss & swelling gums sometimes. What should I do?

Impacted wisdom teeth, causing bad breath, smelly floss & swelling gums sometimes. What should I do?

Infection: Immediate treatment required. Call Oral Surgeon, a wisdom tooth specialist, for proper Rx. ...Read more

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Will it be safe for me to smoke weed this friday although I just got 4 wisdom teeth pulled out this past saturday? All 4 of my wisdom teeth were extracted from within my gums on saturday (4.14.12). There is little to no swelling visible from the outside.

Will it be safe for me to smoke weed this friday although I just got 4 wisdom teeth pulled out this past saturday? All 4 of my wisdom teeth were extracted from within my gums on saturday (4.14.12). There is little to no swelling visible from the outside.

NO!: No! Smoking any product will potentially lead to a dry socket, infection, and / or delayed healing. Though the risk decreases with time the extraction sites remain open for about 3 weeks, even though they may appear healed, which leaves them vulnerable.

A dry socket is an extremely painful condition (usually "off the pain scale") that is characterized as a sharp stabbing sensation that is unrelenting. It is due to the loss of the blood clot from the extraction site resulting in the exposure of the alveolar bone. Individuals who smoke, are on oral contraceptives, or disturb the extraction site are at a higher risk for developing this condition. The sucking action and hot gasses (worse when smoking an unfiltered product) will lead to destruction of the organizing blood clot. The nerves will then be exposed to the hot gasses causing intense pain.

A second possibility is that you increase the possibility of an infectin. This usually occurs several days after the infection (unless you had a significant infection at the time of extraction) and is accompanied by increased swelling, tenderness to touch of the affected area, and increasing limitation in mouth opening.

Finally, smoking will decrease the blood flow to the surgical sites. ...Read more

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I have not yet had my wisdom teeth pulled and in the back bottom left side of my teeth my wisdom tooth has so much swelling that it feels like my gums are growing back over the tooth. Also it hurts to eat and now today it feels like I have an ear infectio

I have not yet had my wisdom teeth pulled and in the back bottom left side of my teeth my wisdom tooth has so much swelling that it feels like my gums are growing back over the tooth. Also it hurts to eat and now today it feels like I have an ear infectio

Wisdom teeth: Sounds like periocoronitis (best diagnosed by your dentist/oral surgeon), that's inflammation of the gum that over grows the wisdom tooth. I'd contact your dentist/ oral surgeon now, as you may need an antibiotic or removal sooner than later. ...Read more

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Need 3 wisdom teeth out, oral surgeon needs to cut through gums and bone, having it done under GA due to CRPS. How much pain should I expect? Swelling? Recovery time?

Need 3 wisdom teeth out, oral surgeon needs to cut through gums and bone, having it done under GA due to CRPS. How much pain should I expect? Swelling? Recovery time?

Surgical extractions: The most accurate answer could be given by the dentist who has evaluated you clinically, seen x-rays of the teeth involved and know your medical and dental history. Ask. Pain, swelling and recovery time varies from tooth to tooth and individual to individual. ...Read more

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How do you relieve pain from swollen gums around wisdom teeth?

How do you relieve pain from swollen gums around wisdom teeth?

See your dentist: This is often a sign of an infection called pericoronitis. This usually results because the wisdom teeth can't erupt all the way. Other causes may be dental decay or periodontal disease. You should see your dentist to figure out exactly what is going on, but it probably means you need your wisdom tooth or teeth removed. ...Read more

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Right behind my wisdom teeth is swollen gums. I can't bite down fully from it. What do I do?

Right behind my wisdom teeth is swollen gums. I can't bite down fully from it. What do I do?

Make a dental appt.: The condition is called pericornitis; it is an inflammation of the gums when a tooth that is breaking through the gums into the mouth occurs. A little pocket of gum tissue collects food behind the tooth. You can rinse with some warm salt water to help heal the gum tissue and take some Motrin to relieve the discomfort of gum pain. Your doctor may elect to remove the excess tissue with a laser. ...Read more

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Could wisdom teeth make your gums swell?

Could wisdom teeth make your gums swell?

Yes: It can due to inflammation. It can also result secondary to a localized infection. Would recommend being checked out by your dentist or oral surgeon. ...Read more

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Can my wisdom teeth growing out cause my gums to swell (with braces)?

Can my wisdom teeth growing out cause my gums to swell (with braces)?

Yes: As they push their way out, the gum tissue over and around them can swell. ...Read more

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I have wisdom teeth swelling but no pain. Is there something wrong?

I have wisdom teeth swelling but no pain. Is there something wrong?

Maybe: Pain usually is the sign that there is a problem. However if you feel you have swelling and no pain, there may still be a problem that you are not aware of.
Best go to your dentist and have him or her check it out. ...Read more

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I have face swelling after wisdom teeth removal?

I have face swelling after wisdom teeth removal?

Not abnormal: It is a surgical procedure and depending on severity of impaction, swelling is a post operative symptom which will resolve. Use ice packs to reduce and call your doctor if you do not get resolution. ...Read more

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How much swelling is normal after getting my wisdom teeth pulled?

How much swelling is normal after getting my wisdom teeth pulled?

Depends: If the wisdom teeth are all erupted (visible) then slight to moderate swelling for about 4 days. If the teeth are all impacted (underneath the gums) then expect moderate or greater swelling for a longer period of time. Also, a lot depends on your own healing rate and age. Some people heal and swell less than others and often younger heal quicker. ...Read more

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How long will the swelling last after wisdom teeth removal surgey?

How long will the swelling last after wisdom teeth removal surgey?

Within a week: The swelling should gradually decrease over a one week period. If this is not occurring I would contact your surgeon immediately. ...Read more

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What are some reducers for swelling after getting wisdom teeth pulled?

What are some reducers for swelling after getting wisdom teeth pulled?

Ice, rest, rx: Follow the instructions given to you closely. Using an ice pack the day of the extraction for 20min on and 10min off. Following the first 24hrs you can try a warm compress, but may not be as helpful. Some doctors will provide an anti inflammatory medication for post operative pain, but not all patients get it if it's not needed in your case. Contact your doctor to give you personalized advice. ...Read more

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How do you reduce the swelling of the face after having wisdom teeth surgery?

How do you reduce the swelling of the face after having wisdom teeth surgery?

Ice and NSAID's.: Ice packs applied to the swollen area 10 minutes at a time with 10 minute breaks in between can help. So can non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin, Motrin (ibuprofen) and naprosyn (naproxen sodium). Do not exceed the manufacturer's dosages written on the bottle. ...Read more

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Does wisdom teeth removal make your face narrower after all the swelling is gone?

Does wisdom teeth removal make your face narrower after all the swelling is gone?

Not typically: Your face should return to its normal configuration after the teeth are removed and the swelling goes down. It is possible that if there was some preoperative swelling or the teeth were situated in such a way that the face was more full in appearance that once removed that fullness is lost....And the face appears narrower. ...Read more

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How long does it take for the swelling to decrease after wisdom teeth extractions?

3-7 Days Local Swell: 3-5 days after the extractions you swelling should start to recede and be gone in 7-10 days. ...Read more

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Once my stitches come out from my wisdom teeth surgery, would the pain and swelling go away?

Once my stitches come out from my wisdom teeth surgery, would the pain and swelling go away?

Stitches: The pain and/or swelling from oral surgery will subside over time, usually about a week or less. Having the stitches removed will not determine when it subsides. Follow the directions given to you by the dentist to reduce the chance of excessive swelling or an infection. ...Read more

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Wisdom teeth extracted two days ago, swelling and tasting something weird. Could this be pus?

Wisdom teeth extracted two days ago, swelling and tasting something weird. Could this be pus?

See your surgeon: The pus is not likely, but first two days after surgery are generally the most uncomfortable and there is usually some swelling, pain and bad taste are common.
However it is always good idea to see your surgeon for post -op evaluation.
Good luck. ...Read more

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Wisdom teeth extracted two days ago, swelling and tasting something weird (pus). What do I do?

Wisdom teeth extracted two days ago, swelling and tasting something weird (pus). What do I do?

Follow up: Food can easily become lodged in the area where the wisdom tooth was removed. If this is associated with increased ache pain, it may be a dry socket infection developing. See your dentist if these symptoms don't get better. ...Read more

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What can I do if my wisdom teeth were taken out 4 days ago and I still have pain/swelling, is this dry socket?

What can I do if my wisdom teeth were taken out 4 days ago and I still have pain/swelling, is this dry socket?

It could be: But realistically the wound needs to be visualized to determine if you do indeed have a dry socket. Call your surgeon for a follow-up appointment. ...Read more

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My wisdom teeth is pushing the beside teeth. But I am confused that my left side beside vocal chord has little swelling and pinching like pain?

My wisdom teeth is pushing the beside teeth. But I am confused that my left side beside vocal chord has little swelling and pinching like pain?

Colorful: Colorful anatomic descriptions. Know that you can't directly visualize your vocal chords. Please see your Dentist for an informed opinion. Referral to Oral Surgeon and ENT may be in order. You may have 2 unassociated but concurrent problems. Go find out. ...Read more

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What is the fastest way to reduce facial swelling after having my wisdom teeth removed? I understand that ice can help but what is the quickest way?

What is the fastest way to reduce facial swelling after having my wisdom teeth removed? I understand that ice can help but what is the quickest way?

Combo: Ice, fluids, ibuprofen, rest. If indicated, many Oral Surgeons will inject or deliver IV a steroid to reduce swelling. Usually not given as oral medication, unless there is a failure to heal in a timely fashion. Then a Medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pack is typically prescribed. Also, keep food out of socket area, and follow all post-op instructions. Swelling is normal. Ice and fluids and anti-inflammatories (advil). ...Read more

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How can I get my wisdom teeth swelling down?

A simple thing: Applying moist heat to your cheeks has been shown to reduce swelling after or before wisdom teeth extraction. ...Read more

Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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Wisdom Teeth (Definition)

Wisdom teeth are the last molars to "come in" to a person's mouth. They usually emerge when someone is 17 to 21 years old. Many wisdom teeth become impacted for lack of room in the mouth, and ...Read more