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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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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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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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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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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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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

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I have soar gums they are swollen around back teeth and feel like the are raw it hurts to chew and swallow, and I have no wisdom teeth?

I have soar gums they are swollen around back teeth and feel like the are raw it hurts to chew and swallow, and I have no wisdom teeth?

Dental abscess: Dental infection due to tooth abscess, gum abscess or combination of both. See your dentist for evaluation, x-rays and treatment. You are always presented with a few options. Good luck. 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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My teeth have been killing me, all my molars and my wisdom teeth gums are red and swollen. Are they growing?

My teeth have been killing me, all my molars and my wisdom teeth gums are red and swollen. Are they growing?

See a periodontist: The gums appear to be infected and are swollen you need to see a periodontist to evaluate it and treat it it won't go away by itself. Read more

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I have like a swollen gum behind my last tooth. I'm 25 and have not gotten my wisdom teeth yet. Could that be it?

I have like a swollen gum behind my last tooth. I'm 25 and have not gotten my wisdom teeth yet. Could that be it?

It is possible.: Your 3rd molar maybe impacted and it could be causing the discomfort by pushing on the next tooth near the distal surface or root of the molar. Go for a dental check-up and have them evaluate the cause. Read more

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What procedure is necessary when gums are swollen and begin to grow above wisdom teeth, sensitive and start to have bad breath?

What procedure is necessary when gums are swollen and begin to grow above wisdom teeth, sensitive and start to have bad breath?

Depends: It will depend upon the severity of the problem. It could involve cleaning your teeth differently, removal of a tooth, or localized gum surgery. Check with your dentist and discuss each option presented after an examination of the area. Read more

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Eating sunflower seeds. I think one poked my top left gum behind molar. Is inflamed and swollen. Haven't had tonsils or wisdom teeth removed. Concerns?

Eating sunflower seeds. I think one poked my top left gum behind molar. Is inflamed and swollen. Haven't had tonsils or wisdom teeth removed. Concerns?

Swollen gums: It might resolve on its own or... there may still be something stuck under your gums or... it might be getting infected. See your local dentist to have this evaluated. Rinse with salt water and make sure you continue to brush and floss properly meanwhile. Read more

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I have swollen gum in the back of my mouth behind last tooth, is this my wisdom teeth coming in?

I have swollen gum in the back of my mouth behind last tooth, is this my wisdom teeth coming in?

Very possibly: It can also be caused by a periodontal pocket in that area. Your dentist will be able to tell after an examination with radiographs. Either way, it needs to be treated to avoid bone loss on that second molar. Read more

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My gum in the back of my mouth is swollen and hurts. Right behind last molar and I'm wondering if it's something with my wisdom teeth.

You're teething: Yeas, probably due to wisdom tooth. Please see your Dentist. Don't be surprised if you are referred to a wisdom tooth Specislist, an Oral Surgeon. Read more

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Hi, I recently had all 4 wisdom teeth removed on Friday night. My face is swollen. My stitch came out and in the slit in my gum I see grey. What is it?

Hi, I recently had all 4 wisdom teeth removed on Friday night. My face is swollen. My stitch came out and in the slit in my gum I see grey. What is it?

Likely normal tissue: What you may be seeing is raw tissue; most likely it will heal without a problem as long as you follow your doctor's instruction for oral care. Keep your follow up appointment and call your doctor if you become concerned about infection--this may be indicated by increased pain, foul taste or odor in mouth Read more

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Hi my glands under my jaw line are swollen and my gums where my bottom 2 wisdom teeth will come through are swollen and is affecting my hearing help?

Hi my glands under my jaw line are swollen and my gums where my bottom 2 wisdom teeth will come through are swollen and is affecting my hearing help?

Infection?: Very possible. Those wisdom teeth may need to be extracted. Please call a dentist for an emergency appointment. Swelling in the throat can soon become life threatening. Read more

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Day 6, 4impacted wisdom teeth removal. Still can't close mouth all the way due to little lumps @ the back of my mouth (swollen gum?). Is this normal?

Day 6, 4impacted wisdom teeth removal. Still can't close mouth all the way due to little lumps @ the back of my mouth (swollen gum?). Is this normal?

It is not normal: Wisdom teeth. It was a surgical procedure and is not completely risk-free. Pain, swelling and infection following surgery 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. Your symptoms could be a serous problem. See your dentist or an oral surgeon for post-op appointment and treatment. Read more

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Swollen Gums (Definition)

Swelling in the gums is often the symptom of gingivitis or possilby more advanced periodontal disease. Left untreated, it can lead to tooth loss as well as many systemic problems- increased risk of stroke, heart attack, colon ...Read more


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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