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Bottom left wisdom tooth growing in gum hanging, what to do?

Bottom left wisdom tooth growing in gum hanging, what to do?

See Oral Surgeon: Sometimes simple excision of the overhanging tissue is all that's needed. At other times, the offending tooth has to be removed. See an oral surgeon for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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A piece of my gum is hanging off in the back of my mouth where my wisdom tooth is coming in. Should I pull it off?

A piece of my gum is hanging off in the back of my mouth where my wisdom tooth is coming in. Should I pull it off?

Absolutely not: Sometimes as teeth erupt the gum tissue that was over the tooth resorbs unevenly. If it is bothering you, or if it does not resolve in two weeks, see your Dentist. Pulling on it can cause problems if it doesn't release the way you picture it coming off. ...Read more

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Had a part of my gum grow over decayed wisdom tooth. Now the gum feels like food stuck in my teeth, but looks like a ball hanging & about to fall off.

Had a part of my gum grow over decayed wisdom tooth. Now the gum feels like food stuck in my teeth, but looks like a ball hanging & about to fall off.

See your dentist: This is called a pericoronal flap, and it is common over lower wisdom teeth. It is also an area for food entrapment and infection.
See your dentist or an oral surgeon to have either the tissue or the tooth removed. ...Read more

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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?

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?

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. ...Read more

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Is my wisdom tooth pushing my gum out?

Is my wisdom tooth pushing my gum out?

Yes sure: If you are referring to the soft tissue sitting behind you second molar (last molar in the back) the third molars/wisdom teeth can go through periods of eruption and quiescence, and while trying to erupt can elevate the soft tissue physically and also due to inflammation and infection. You should have a consult with and oral and maxillofacial surgeon to evaluate. ...Read more

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Squishy thing on my wisdom tooth gum, what is this?

Squishy thing on my wisdom tooth gum, what is this?

Possible follicle or: The wisdom tooth develops from a bud of tissue enclosed within a follicle of tissue. As the wisdom tooth migrates toward the surface, an enlarged follicle or possible cyst can sometimes produce a soft compressible sensation in the tissues overlying the wisdom tooth. An clinical exam and appropriate x-rays by your dentist can help diagnose the problem. ...Read more

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Wisdom tooth growing and my gum looks strange. Is it normal?

Wisdom tooth growing and my gum looks strange. Is it normal?

Probably: Probably normal. However in your age group, it should be evaluated and possibly extracted. See an oral surgeon for most experienced advice. ...Read more

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Why does my gum hurt where my wisdom tooth was pulled years ago?

Why does my gum hurt where my wisdom tooth was pulled years ago?

Many possibilites: It could be from food irritation\abrasion, canker sore, or an adjacent tooth or gum problem. It is usually very difficult for patients to pinpoint the actual source of dental problems. See your dentist to find out what's causing your discomfort. ...Read more

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Wisdom tooth randomly prodding my gum, what can I do about this?

Wisdom tooth randomly prodding my gum, what can I do about this?

Evaluation: The tooth in question should be evaluated by a local dentist. If it is your wisdom tooth, in may be best to have it extracted. ...Read more

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What to do about a growing wisdom tooth poking at my bottom gum?

What to do about a growing wisdom tooth poking at my bottom gum?

Check it out: If there is enough room for the tooth to erupt and live, good.
If there isn't enough room, remove it and probablhy the other third molars too. ...Read more

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My back left wisdom tooth's gum is inflamed and hurts. How do I treat this?

My back left wisdom tooth's gum is inflamed and hurts. How do I treat this?

How to treat?: See a dentist to determine why it's inflamed and hurts. The cause will determine the treatment. We can only guess and there are lots of possibilities. ...Read more

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Jack feels he has a wisdom tooth coming through. He has lots of pain in the area. And his gum in the area is going brown.

Jack feels he has a wisdom tooth coming through. He has lots of pain in the area. And his gum in the area is going brown.

Jack: Tell Jack to go see a Pro. His Dentist will be able to asses the situation and recommend observation or treatment. ...Read more

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My left wisdom tooth went back in my gums. Why?

May have fractured: See a dentist and get an x ray to see where it is. ...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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Please help me with wisdom tooth gum pain?

Rinse debris: It sounds like pericornitis which is the inflamation of the tissue overlying an erupting tooth. If food collects under this flap, infection and pain can occur. Rinse thourughly with a diluted solution of peroxide and mouthwash, otc nsaids and clean under the flap arefully. Maintain it clean. If the pain does not go away, see you dentist. ...Read more

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What to do if my gum overlap after wisdom tooth removal?

What to do if my gum overlap after wisdom tooth removal?

Can be revised: It depends upon how long ago the extraction was done. A residual operculum is not very unusual and typically they reshape to a minimal form that does not need treatment. Occasionally, they need revision which is often done with a laser. Very quick, simple and minimal post op issue. I would suggest to wait about 6 months post surgery before a revision unless it is very bothersome. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a wisdom tooth to grown and break thru my gums?

How long does it take for a wisdom tooth to grown and break thru my gums?

Wisdom teeth: Wisdom teeth usually start forming in late childhood, well before puberty, and take until late teens to mid 20's to erupt. From the time they begin breaking through gums into the oral cavity, until fully erupted, can be weeks to years. If they remain partially or completely unerupted they are considered to be impacted. See your Dentist or an Oral Surgeon for evaluation. ...Read more

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Can a inflamed impacted wisdom tooth put your bite off and cause gum issues?

Can a inflamed impacted wisdom tooth put your bite off and cause gum issues?

Yes it is: Possible. See a dentist or oral surgeon asap to get it properly treated. ...Read more

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I have a flap of gum above my below wisdom tooth. Is it needed to be removed?

I have a flap of gum above my below wisdom tooth. Is it needed to be removed?

Operculum: If you are asymptomatic, you may be able to leave it. More often than not, the tissue needs to be removed or the tooth needs to be extracted. ...Read more

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Early I felt that my wisdom tooth is going back into my gums. What should I do?

Early I felt that my wisdom tooth is going back into my gums. What should I do?

See your dentist: 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 15-25. See your dentist for evaluation and x-rays. ...Read more

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Tiny brownish flat spot on gum where wisdom tooth used to be appear today, not sure what it is?

Tiny brownish flat spot on gum where wisdom tooth used to be appear today, not sure what it is?

Neither am I: Needs to be seen to be diagnosed. Return to Dentist or Oral Surgeon who removed the wisdom tooth for evaluation. Probably innocuous. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me if one is able to contract pericoronitis on an upper level gum/ wisdom tooth?

Yes: While more common on the lower back molars, it can occur on the upper back molars. ...Read more

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Where my wisdom tooth should be, it feels like my gum is coming away from the tooth. It doesn't hurt but I'm worried.

Where my wisdom tooth should be, it feels like my gum is coming away from the tooth. It doesn't hurt but I'm worried.

Do something: Call your Dentist. Have a Pro examine you and see if treatment is indicated. That' same lot better than worrying. ...Read more

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My gum gets swollen with fluid from time to time where my wisdom tooth is in the bottom left side what is the problem?

My gum gets swollen with fluid from time to time where my wisdom tooth is in the bottom left side what is the problem?

Infection or Cyst: Partially erupted wisdom teeth where the teeth are partially visible and covered with tissue are prone to localized infections or pericoronitis because of the difficulty in cleaning. Another possibility could be the presence of a localized cyst associated with the crown of the wisdom tooth. A clinical and radiographic exam would be strongly recommended to determine what treatment is indicated. ...Read more

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My right wisdom tooth has been hurting when I eat. The tooth is still submerged under the gum though. Is removal appropriate?

My right wisdom tooth has been hurting when I eat. The tooth is still submerged under the gum though. Is removal appropriate?

No way to know: Without actually seeing you for a clinical exam and x-rays in order to determine the angle of the tooth, the extent of root formation and the amount of room available for it to erupt. Your own dentist can tell you whether or not it should be removed or left to erupt naturally. ...Read more

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My wisdom tooth came in half way and there is flap of gum I can lift up and down it hurts to eat. What should I do and what's wrong?

My wisdom tooth came in half way and there is flap of gum I can lift up and down it hurts to eat. What should I do and what's wrong?

Extract: This flap is called an operculum; it will disappear if the tooth comes in completely, but this is slow process for lower wisdom teeth and may never happen. Best treatments to permanently fix the problem would be an extraction of the wisdom tooth; alternative is to have the flap of tissue removed. ...Read more

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I'm getting my upper left wisdom tooth out. Will they have to cut my gum to get the rest of the tooth that hasn't fully come out yet?

I'm getting my upper left wisdom tooth out. Will they have to cut my gum to get the rest of the tooth that hasn't fully come out yet?

Yes.: Yes, if not fully erupted (impacted) and incision is required. For best results, make sure you are evaluated and treated by a board certified oral & maxillofacial surgeon. ...Read more