To start off: I DO NOT HAVE ANY WISDOM TEETH. I had them removed when I was 17. I had oral surgery where they cut the wisdom teeth out before they ever broke the surface. So I know it's not my wisdom teeth. That being said, I need help. My gum on the back left side of my mouth is growing over my tooth, and it hurts a lot. I brush back there twice daily and floss under the sore gum, but it still hurts. My tooth itself doesn't seem to be rotting, just all of a sudden my gum is growing over the top of it. The flesh is really sore and is white some times. It is also very loose (I can pull it the flap away from the tooth). I've looked all over the internet, but haven't found anything. I would go to a dentist, but I'm 22, unemployed, with no health insurance. Can you give me any advice as to what it might be or how to correct it with at-home techniques. It's been bothering me for over a week now. :( Thank you!!!

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  • Dr.Ritz

    Dr.Ritz 17 - July - 2010, at 20:22 PM

  • It looks like youhave developed distal pocket which is normally there when the back tooth is not there. For this you have to visit the dentist who will take the X-ray and find out the cause. It can be because of the decay on the back side of the tooth which is not visible with naked eye or it can be there because of the food impaction . Till then you can do warm saline rinses 2 to 3 times a day and try to maintain very good oral hygeine without irritating that area. For more info on oral hygeine you can visit the following link in our website

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