Pain and swelling can be because of gum infection
around the wisdom tooth. Wisdom teeth are last teeth to come and it is difficult to clean till the wisdom teeth so wisdom teeth are more susceptible to infections. If wisdom tooth is partially impacted, then flap of gum tissue is created in partially erupted tooth in which food impaction
can occur and can lead to soreness and swelling. If there is acute infection present in relation to partially impacted wisdom tooth
, then debridement of area, operculectomy that is surgical removal of flap is done. If the condition recurs, then extraction of wisdom tooth is required. You can do warm saline rinses 3-4 times a day to reduce the swelling and avoid any food accumulates in the area which can aggravate the swelling. You can take some otc anti-inflammatory pain med for some relief. If pain and swelling doesn’t regress, then you can visit your dentist
for evaluation. If wisdom teeth are infected or are infectious, then can be pulled out. Wisdom teeth don’t aid in mastication and if they cause problem, then they are pulled out.