It is called pericoronitis. It occurs due to improper eruption of the third molar. It causes halitosis, pain, swelling, redness, and difficulty in mouth opening. It is also associated with other problems such as carious adjacent teeth, gingival trauma, and cyst formation. It is only prevented only if regular dental checkups are being conducted to know the status of erupting the third molar.
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I have an infection in my wisdom teeth. Should I go to the dentist now, or wait till I switch nations in a week?
Query: Hello doctor, I am currently in the middle of switching countries and only be around in a country for another week. I would like to know if this wisdom tooth infection can wait until I get to another country or if I should see my dentist. Pain level 2/10 for the last two days when this first appeare... Read Full »
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Please suggest medications for a painful third molar abscess.
Query: Hello doctor, I have a third molar abscess and it is painful. It is the first time I have gotten this. I initially thought it was a common mouth ulcer but my dentist informed me this is a third molar abscess pain that I was experiencing. Is there any antibiotic or medications to help soothe and cure... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and can understand your concern. As for temporary relief, you may take Amoxicillin clavulanate antibiotic along with Metronidazole for five days and may continue the painkillers SOS that you are taking already. Also, salt and warm water mouth rinse... Read Full »
What could cause inflamed gums and a whitish gum spilt near the lower wisdom tooth?
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Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for your query.I understand your concern. At this age, it is very common to have swollen and red gums in the area of incompletely erupted (impacted) wisdom teeth. I suggest you consult an oral surgeon for clinical examination and needful medications. Till the... Read Full »
My wisdom teeth are growing horizontally, and I have jaw pain and swollen gums. Should I be concerned about sepsis?
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Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You have a horizontally impacted and partially erupted tooth, so the eruption force will spread to the adjacent tooth and the nerves and bones below it. Your jaw pain will radiate to the ears and head. Do not be scared. I am just explaining the seriousness of your case... Read Full »
I have been taking medicines for an acute persistent gum infection and swelling. How to treat it?
Query: Hi doctor,I recently got an infection in the gum near my lower wisdom tooth and went to see a dentist who prescribed me a course of antibiotics to clear up the bacterial infection. I have now finished the course. While most of the pain and swelling has gone around my face there is still some minimal... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I had gone through your question I can understand your concern. Yes, the condition will remain for a week or around. You need to take medication at least for five days, if you have done so and there is swelling you may continue for two more days. In case the swelling s... Read Full »
I have had swollen lymph nodes under my jaw and in my neck. Is it due to an impacted wisdom tooth?
Query: Hello doctor,For the last three to four weeks, I have had swollen lymph nodes under my jaw and in my neck. I get on-and-off pain in both my ears. When I press on the area, I also have pain in my lower jaw, where my wisdom teeth are. My lower wisdom teeth are both impacted. I visited my local doctor,... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I suggest you consult an ENT surgeon to rule out any infection, such as tuberculosis. Take a chest X-ray, ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate), and the Mountax test. Continue the antibiotics till you get the above test results. Thank you. Read Full »
I have a horizontally placed wisdom tooth, causing pain. Can it be treated with medications?
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Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You have a history of horizontally placed wisdom tooth in the right lower region and intense pain. I have seen the picture of the X-ray attached (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). I suggest the best option is extracting the tooth, as it is lying ... Read Full »
My sister has severe pain in her wisdom tooth, which is not resolving despite taking home remedy. Kindly help.
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Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Ask your sister to maintain oral hygiene and use mouthwash after brushing twice daily. Rinse mouth with salt water and turmeric mixture twice a day. Use only lukewarm water while rinsing your mouth. Take tablet Ketorol - DT (Ketorolac tromethamine)10 mg, to reduce p... Read Full »
I am suffering from severe pain near the third molar teeth. What should I do?
Query: Hello doctor, I am suffering from severe pain near the third molar teeth. It feels sore and has a bluish discoloration. I have not taken any medications for the pain; however, I was on treatment for piles and liver infection. Kindly help Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for your query. I understand your concern. Pain in the third molar region could be due to various reasons. The excruciating pain could be due to a hidden decay in the tooth and food impaction near the third molars. The bluish discoloration indicates a poss... Read Full »
I have limited mouth opening due to my wisdom tooth infection. Will I still be able to get my teeth removed?
Query: Hi doctor, I am supposed to be getting my wisdom tooth out in two days. They have been causing me horrible pain, and now I believe one side is very infected. It feels like a big swollen sac, and I can barely open my mouth without hurting. Like my jaw is stuck. What should I do about it? And will I s... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. 1. Just do some exercises to open your mouth. Like in your free time, make a balloon face and fill the air in the mouth as much as you can fill, then keep it for a while, then release it and repeat it. 2. Next, put three fingers between the upper and lower back teeth... Read Full »