Q. My wisdom tooth is coming in. What can I do to subside the gum pain and swelling?

Answered by
Dr. Geeth Sadasivam
and medically reviewed by Dr.Nithila A
This is a premium question & answer published on Aug 28, 2019

Hello doctor,

My wisdom teeth have been coming in, and they hurt a lot once in a while. But this time at first my gums were swollen, and then I started to get a bump in my gums, and today I woke up and the bump was huge, with a kind of yellow color in color and it is so painful. What is it? And what I could do to get rid of it?



Welcome to icliniq.com.

1. I have seen the picture you have attached along with the complaint (attachment removed to protect patient identity).

2. The bump or swelling which you got is because of the wisdom tooth only.

3. This is nothing but the infection in the gums between the wisdom tooth which is pushing and trying to erupt and the surrounding gums.

4. This usually happens with most of the wisdom teeth eruption sequences, and so please do not worry about this.

5. For immediate pain relief, I advise you to rinse warm saltwater pooling in that area thrice daily after every meal.

6. Do not brush aggressively so that you might hurt the gums to bleed.

7. You could take mild pain killers such as tablet Paracetamol 500 mg thrice daily after every meal for three days.

8. Then please visit a dentist to look upon the issue. Initial treatment would be cleaning up that region with warm saline and checking an X-ray for the tooth to see the position and direction of eruption.

9. If the swelling subsides with cleaning the gums thoroughly, it could be left like that for a while.

10. If the erupting tooth troubles you the same way later in life, then we would think about pulling out the tooth as it serves no purpose for chewing.

Was this answer helpful?



This is a sponsored Ad. icliniq or icliniq doctors do not endorse the content in the Ad.

Also Read Answers From:

Comprehensive Medical Second Opinion.Submit your Case

Related Questions & Answers

Two of my wisdom teeth are impacted. Is it better to remove?

Query: Hi doctor, I visited a dentist and he completed deep cleaning of all four quadrants. I got composite fillings on one side of the mouth for five cavities (right side). However, I still have four cavities on the left side. I have two options. Wait for three more months and take care of it, as my in...  Read Full »

Why is my gum swollen at the back?

Query: Hello doctor, I got a swollen gum at the back of my last tooth on my left side. It feels like a new teeth is coming up and the pain sometimes extends to ear also. I can remember that I got this pain few years back on my right side and it went away by itself. What should I do now? What is the reason...  Read Full »

How can I manage painful swollen gums with ulcers caused by excessive brushing?

Query: Hello doctor, After trying to fix my general teeth and gums, I have managed to get rid of the yellow plaque after a few days. However, after brushing gums excessively, ulcers have appeared, and my gums have swollen slightly and are very painful. I was wondering how to fix them and how long it will t...  Read Full »



Ask your health query to a doctor online?

Ask a Dentist Now

* guaranteed answer within 4 hours.
Enter Your Health Query
You can upload files and images in the next step.



Disclaimer: All health Q&As published on this website is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical diagnosis, advice or treatment by a trained physician. Seek the advice from your physician or other qualified health-care providers with questions you may have regarding your symptoms and medical condition for a complete medical diagnosis. Do not delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice because of something you have read on this website.