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Gum pain above only one tooth...Advice please?

Gum pain above only one tooth...Advice please?

Is there a bump?: If you are having pain above a tooth, it is possible that you may be developing an abscess, which happens at the end of the root, underneath the gums. If there is a bump above (or below on a lower) the tooth, this may be a gum boil, where infection collects without anywhere to go. Have a dentist evaluate this asap to avoid a true dental emergency with swelling and severe pain. ...Read more

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Bone or jaw poking out of my gum after tooth extraction weeks ago, im starting to have bad breath and its not really that much painful.What to do?

Bone or jaw poking out of my gum after tooth extraction weeks ago, im starting to have bad breath and its not really that much painful.What to do?

Tooth extraction: Return to the surgeon to have the extraction site examined. You may have a piece of bone working its way out, or the area is just healing slowly and you are still feeling the edge of the extraction socket. The bad breath may be due to debris in the socket, or from other areas of your mouth. In any case, you should be seeing your dentist for follow-up care. ...Read more

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Dealing with Wisdom Teeth (Checklist)

See dentist/oral surgeon for evaluation
Once
Have wisdom teeth extracted if unable to maintain or impacted
Once
Take NSAIDs if dealing with pain/swelling from wisdom teeth
Daily
Rinse with warm salt water if experiencing gum swelling around teeth.
Daily
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I extracted my tooth on yesterday.My jaws are now very painful&gums around that area swollen.Is this normal doctor?

See your dentist: Pain and swelling following dental extraction is usually at its worst 24 – 48 hours after surgery, after that it should subside more and more every day and after 7 days stop. It is not normal after 12 days to have pain. If pain persists or worsens, it may require attention and you should call your dentist or oral surgeon for follow up appointment. ...Read more

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I have sore gums behind the last lower tooth on left, very painful...Using ibuprofen... Can it be infection?

I have sore gums behind the last lower tooth on left, very painful...Using ibuprofen... Can it be infection?

Maybe. See dentist : My first guess is trauma. Upper teeth extend just beyond lower teeth usually (even more so if there is an upper wisdom tooth present and none yet on lower). It is likely that some hard food was gnashed into gums, making them sore. Alternatively, if there is a partially erupted wisdom tooth, this is a great candidate for local infection (often accompanied by slight pain on swallowing or fever). ...Read more

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Getting Straight Teeth (Checklist)

See an orthodontist
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See a dentist trained In cosmetic dentistry
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Roots been left in after tooth extraction. Can this lead to infection, I have a red line goin across my gum and painful sornes on side of palate?

Roots been left in after tooth extraction. Can this lead to infection, I have a red line goin across my gum and painful sornes on side of palate?

It is possible: It is possible to get an infection however if the root tips are too close to a nerve or the sinus it is sometimes better to leave them in rather than to risk some possible permanent nerve damage or a sinus perforation. I would return to the dentist that did the extraction and have the area rechecked. ...Read more

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Gum around tooth is turning white and painful to touch. Have appt w/ dentist on wednesday. O.K. To wait until then? Treatment until then?

Gum around tooth is turning white and painful to touch. Have appt w/ dentist on wednesday. O.K. To wait until then? Treatment until then?

Salt water : It can be do to many reasons such as flossing, injuries and so on. Need to rinse with warm water and salt (1 cup warm water, 1 spoon of salt) . If pain is tolerable you can wait till wednesday. ...Read more

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Managing Neck Pain (Checklist)

Use pain medication as directed
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Avoid fast movements
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See your doctor if your neck pain hasn't improved in 1 week
once

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