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Small hole near back tooth, split gums, partially grown wisdom tooth. Self healing condition?

i have a kind of small hole next to my back left tooth that feels like a sore it s like the skin split or the gum split . I put my finger on it as I look at it in the mirror and it kind of feels like I m touching the base of my lower wisdom tooth that never grew in fully . will this thing heal by itself? will skin or gum grow in soon to fill up this small oval shaped hole? YYYY@YYYY
Asked On : Mon, 28 Jan 2013
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Dentist 's  Response
hello & welcome
as you said that wisdom tooth never grew fully means that tis tooth of yours is impacted & problem you are suffering here is pericoronitis.
this is gingival flap inflammation usually covers partially impacted teeth.
permanent cure for such type of problems is extraction of wisdom tooth, so i will advise you to visit your dentist as soon as possible.
rest maintain proper oral hygiene, start up with one antibiotic course including amoxycilline, metrogyl, & painkiller ibuprofen along with betadine rinses.
thanks & take care
Answered: Tue, 29 Jan 2013
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Dentist Dr. Deepthi Reddy's  Response
Thank you for the query.
Gum split or skin split, what your feeling behind your last molar is erupting wisdom teeth which is covered by a pericoronal flap leading to pericornitis . If the teeth is impacted then it has to be reomoved surgically . Growth of gum into that area is not possible and will lead to foodlodgment . I advise you to take an x-ray of that area to know the position of the impacted teeth and get it removed surgically followed by a course of antibiotic and analgesics .This when healed will leave no hole or gap .
Hope his information helps you.
Answered: Tue, 29 Jan 2013
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Dentist Dr. Bibhu Dutt Nanda's  Response
hello and welcome to HCM forum,
i would like to inform you that whenever a wisdom tooth does not erupt fully, due to food accumulation within the gum tissue surrounding it causes a dental condition 'pericoronitis'.
In such a condition you should visit your dentist, sometimes the wisdom tooth is unable to erupt which causes the gums around it to swell .
I will advise you to perform warm saline rinses(3-4 times/day),
use an antibacterial mouth wash(twice/day),
Do not worry, the gap will fill up on its own once the tooth fully erupts,
In some cases ,if the dentist feels that the tooth needs to be extracted, even then the space gets filled up on its own .
i hope this answer was useful,
i wish you good health.
Answered: Tue, 29 Jan 2013
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Dentist Dr. Farah Hussain's  Response
Hi and welcome,
Wisdome teeth are the last teeth to erupt in the oral cavity , often they are impacted in the jaw bone or sometimes they are vertically straight capable to erupting adjacent to 2nd molar. The gum that covers the wisdom tooth is called pericoronal flap, your tooth must be in the eruption phase n so it splits the gums and grow out . This area is highly susceptible to inflammation and infection due to improper cleaning and food lodgement in the gum splits.
you need to maintain good oral hygiene by brushing and using mouth rinses like chlorhexidine regularly to prevent any infection of the flap.
consult a dentist and get an OPG radiograph done which will show the position of wisdom tooth in the jaw and its relation with other adjacent vital structures . If the tooth is impacted in the bone better go for surgical extraction of the tooth .
take care.
Answered: Tue, 29 Jan 2013
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