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My gums (left side) at the very back of my mouth hurt. (bhind last molar) wisdom teeth pulled years ago. What else may be causing this irritation?

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Dr. James Beck
Dentistry
5 doctors agree

In brief: Many things

It could be food impaction behind the tooth and gum tissue.
Or tooth decay which is leading to a draining abscess. It could also be periodontal disease causing a pocket which traps bacteria and food debris causing a periodontal abscess. It could be any number of things, and the only way to really find out is by getting a dental exam with xrays.

In brief: Many things

It could be food impaction behind the tooth and gum tissue.
Or tooth decay which is leading to a draining abscess. It could also be periodontal disease causing a pocket which traps bacteria and food debris causing a periodontal abscess. It could be any number of things, and the only way to really find out is by getting a dental exam with xrays.
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Maybe gingivitis

The gums behind the last molars can get inflamed, called gingivitis.
That area is harder to keep clean with brushing and flossing, so gingivitis happens more often. A dental cleaning can help. Meanwhile, brushing vigorously to clean out that area, and then being very gentle with that area for a week, may let it heal up. If discomfort remains, a dentist can check if it is something bad like cancer.

In brief: Maybe gingivitis

The gums behind the last molars can get inflamed, called gingivitis.
That area is harder to keep clean with brushing and flossing, so gingivitis happens more often. A dental cleaning can help. Meanwhile, brushing vigorously to clean out that area, and then being very gentle with that area for a week, may let it heal up. If discomfort remains, a dentist can check if it is something bad like cancer.
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Dr. Thomas Yash
Dentistry

In brief: Sore gums

The most remote cause may be a small splinter of bone from the wisdom tooth that is floating out of the gums.
You may have an ulceration or sore like a canker sore or herpes' lesion attacking that location making your left jaw painful and difficulty swallowing. Also, the gums can get a local infection surrounding the tooth. Most of these will heal within a week.

In brief: Sore gums

The most remote cause may be a small splinter of bone from the wisdom tooth that is floating out of the gums.
You may have an ulceration or sore like a canker sore or herpes' lesion attacking that location making your left jaw painful and difficulty swallowing. Also, the gums can get a local infection surrounding the tooth. Most of these will heal within a week.
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