About two weeks ago, I noticed that my gums between my last back molar and the gums above it is swollen and hurts to touch. There is a large, painfull lump at the swollen site. This went away within a week but the exact same thing happened on the opposite side in the exact same place. WHat could this be?

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  • Dr.Ritz

    Dr.Ritz 01 - March - 2011, at 20:18 PM

  • If there is no wisdom tooth in that area which is confirmed by xray then may be the pain and swelling is in relation to 2nd molar or you have developed gum problem distal to the 2nd molar. You should get an xray done of 2nd molar to rule out any decay and infection in that tooth.

  • Amanda

    Amanda 01 - March - 2011, at 17:38 PM

  • I have the same problem. Not too long ago I had my wisdom teeth pulled. Two weeks ago actually. I only had three but where i didn't have a wisdom tooth is swelling more and more. It hasn't gone down but the X-rays show that theres no tooth there. I've never had this before ever and when I had my wisdom teeth pulled, I took care of that side. It's been 4 days and the swelling and pain gets worse. It hasn't hurt at all until a week and a half after my teeth were pulled. Again i has no tooth on the bottom gum and none showed on the X-ray. Could this be the same problem?

  • Dr.Ritz

    Dr.Ritz 16 - December - 2009, at 19:58 PM

  • You have not mentioned whether this is in relation to the wisdom tooth or the wisdom tooth is already erupted. If the wisdom tooth is not erupted then it can be because of that and if it is already there then it can be the gum problem. Some times when food impaction is there the gum between the last tooth and the gums becomes swollen and when cleaned properly the swelling goes. You should take care to clean the area behind the back molar very properly as that is the area where it is difficult to do the brushing and the pocket formation is the common problem. If you want to know more about the gum diseases or proper brushing technique and about the oral hygeine you can browse our website.

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