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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Bot of my jawline glands are swollen and my gums are running parallel with the glands too, ears hurt. My wisdom teeth aren't there. Hard to swallow.

Bot of my jawline glands are swollen and my gums are running parallel with the glands too, ears hurt. My wisdom teeth aren't there. Hard to swallow.

Wisdom teeth: At your age, emerging wisdom teeth can explain symptoms. Since it could be other things, best bet is to see an oral surgeon for evaluation/treatment recommendations. ...Read more

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the inside of my mouth on the left side was swollen I thought it was from my wisdom teeth coming in but one on that side still hasn't appeared, but I ended up biting it. Creating a canker sore. Now it looks loke its eating the inside of my gum n chee?

the inside of my mouth on the left side was swollen I thought it was from my wisdom teeth coming in but one on that side still hasn't appeared, but I ended up biting it. Creating a canker sore. Now it looks loke its eating the inside of my gum n chee?

Problem: Even though you do not see a wisdom tooth it does not mean that the problem does not originate from an erupting tooth below the gum line. Could also be the opposing wisdom tooth erupting. Could also be other dental problems. Therefore in order to know what it is and what to do about it you will need to see your local dentist. ...Read more

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How to deal with swollen gums due to wisdom tooth?

How to deal with swollen gums due to wisdom tooth?

Wisdom Tooth: The swollen gums due to a wisdom tooth can be remedied in two ways. First, the offending tooth can simply be removed. Second, the tissue around the tooth can be surgically removed, so that you can clean the tooth at home. I would go and get it looked at. ...Read more

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I am experiencing wisdom tooth pain, swollen gums & cheek. What are these symptoms of?

I am experiencing wisdom tooth pain, swollen gums & cheek. What are these symptoms of?

Impacted teeth: It sounds like your wisdom teeth could be partially impacted, or covered with gum. You need to see your dentist or an oral surgeon asap to have it looked at. ...Read more

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Had a wisdom tooth extracted Tuesday afternoon, cheek swollen and molars next to site hurt with swollen gums. Is this normal?

Had a wisdom tooth extracted Tuesday afternoon, cheek swollen and molars next to site hurt with swollen gums. Is this normal?

Quite Normal: You had a surgical procedure and the surrounding tissues are bruised and inflamed. Not sure if you have an infection, but call your surgeon for a follow up just to be sure. ...Read more

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Swollen gums and pain 5 days after wisdom tooth extraction, should I be worried or wait a few more days to see if pain lessens?

Swollen gums and pain 5 days after wisdom tooth extraction, should I be worried or wait a few more days to see if pain lessens?

Better or worse?: Typically after surgery, the surgical pain lasts a few days then it progressively gets better. The trend is to have less and less discomfort from decreasing pain and swelling ; be able to open and use jaw for chewing more. If the swelling/pain is getting worse, it is advisable to see your doctor. If there is discharge, abscess, or redness occurring, you should have it evaluated asap. ...Read more

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Having sticky saliva, could it be a cyst I have alongside with a impacted wisdom tooth, upper left top, swollen gums on same side @swollen cheek?

Having sticky saliva, could it be a cyst I have alongside with a impacted wisdom tooth, upper left top, swollen gums on same side @swollen cheek?

Swollen gums/cheek: Sounds like an infection of either a tooth or gums or both.
This needs to be treated by a dentist or oral surgeon. An untreated infection in that area could affect your sinus and other areas. ...Read more

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I have a moth ball taste in the back of my mouth. I have swollen gums on the back of my mouth and on one side on my back tooth. Could it be my wisdom tooth coming?

I have a moth ball taste in the back of my mouth. I have swollen gums on the back of my mouth and on one side on my back tooth. Could it be my wisdom tooth coming?

Infection: You could have an infection, possibly where the wisdom tooth is trying to erupt and still partially covered. You should see a dentist to find out exactly what is going on and how to treat it. ...Read more

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When I went to my dentist for a cleaning last weekend they didn't seem to say anything about my swollen red upper gums. They said I had clean teeth. But I need to get my wisdom teeth removed and have a few cavities. Could this be contributing to the red s

When I went to my dentist for a cleaning last weekend they didn't seem to say anything about my swollen red upper gums. They said I had clean teeth. But I need to get my wisdom teeth removed and have a few cavities. Could this be contributing to the red s

Speak with DDS: You need to speak with the dentist and or hygienist and address the following, what is my home care regimen and how can it be improved? Can I see a copy of my periodontal charting and explain what the numbers mean to me. Why do you think I have red swollen gingiva and what are the remedies to have this addressed. ...Read more

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All on right side. Pain when swallowing. Swollen on the back roof of mouth. Above my gums hurt, like top of jaw, and my temple hurts. No wisdom teeth. Help?

All on right side. Pain when swallowing. Swollen on the back roof of mouth. Above my gums hurt, like top of jaw, and my temple hurts. No wisdom teeth. Help?

Possibilities: Many come to mind. Could be infected tooth/teeth, gum infection, virus, oral bacterial infection, sinus infection, Gerd, etc. Start with your Dentist. If dental/oral cause ruled out, nthen next step is to see your Physician. Pain and swelling should not be ignored. ...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

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