Excruciating pain at the right side of gum along wisdom tooth. Dentist saw nothing wrong, but after a few weeks problem resurfaced and now gum is swollen with an excruciating pain to accompany pain. Any advice on temporary remedies and long term measures.

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  • Dr.Ritz

    Dr.Ritz 02 - January - 2012, at 04:04 AM

  • Pain and swelling can be because of acute infection in the gums and soft tissue which are surrounding the wisdom tooth. In case of partially erupted wisdom tooth, flap of gum tissue is created where food impaction can occur. This condition is known as Pericoronitis and in this condition, gum tissue will appear swollen and gum tissue will appear red. Pus discharge may occur from the gums. There is difficulty in swallowing; closing the jaws and bad taste and odor is present from oral cavity. For treatment of Pericoronitis, debridement of area or operculectomy that is surgical removal of flap over partially erupted wisdom tooth can be done and if the condition recurs, then extraction of wisdom tooth may also be required. You can visit your dentist for evaluation and treatment. By the time, you visit your dentist, you can do warm saline rinses 3-4 times a day to reduce the swelling of gums and keep wisdom tooth area clean. Food accumulates in relation to wisdom tooth will aggravate the pain. For more info on Pericoronitis, refer to……    http://www.identalhub.com/dental-what-is-pericoronitis-909.aspx

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