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Swollen gums overlapping molars on both sides of mouth, unable to chew. History of swollen tonsillitis. Related symptoms?

I have tonsillitis and I’m on antibiotics for it. On the bottom row of my teeth my gums are slightly swollen and overlapping my very back tooth on both sides of my mouth. It’s impossible to eat solid food because I cannot chew anything. I’m just wondering if this is connected to my swollen tonsils or if it is something else.
Asked On : Sun, 27 Jan 2013
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Dentist 's  Response
Thank you for the query.
There is possibility of gingival hyperplasia in the posterior area which may be because of the tonsilitis and also could be because of any infection in the teeth or gum of the last molar , if it is wisdom teeth then it could be pericornitis , or cheek bite because of sharp cusps can lead to this condition.
I would advice you to keep the area clean as any irritant or foodlodgment in the area may lead to swelling of gums . So see your dentist to know the exact cause of the discomfort caused by swollen gum.
Hope this information helps you.
Take care.
Answered: Mon, 28 Jan 2013
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Dentist Dr. Farah Hussain's  Response
hi and welcome,
Swelling of the gums is the sign of inflammation of the gingival tissue know as gingivitis . This may be caused due poor oral hygiene , presence of bacterial plaque and calculus inside the gum pockets. Since you have mentioned the swelling is slight and it is in posterior most portion of your mouth i can even suspect Pericoronitis in your case.
Pericoronitis is the inflammation of gums overlying the wisdom tooth. it often shows infection and formation of abscess. draining abscess and poor oral hygiene can also be related to tonsillitis.
This can be confirmed only after clinical examination so i suggest you to visit a dentist and the evaluation done.
through deep cleaning of the gums and root planing of the teeth will subside th gum swelling and removes the plaque and other debris.
Till you see a dentist. you can do mouth gargling with antiseptic mouth wash like chlorhexidine and maintain good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing.
take care.
Answered: Mon, 28 Jan 2013
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Dentist Dr. Deepika Attresh's  Response
hello & welcome
acc. to your symptoms you are presenting here this may be pericoronitis.
That is swollen gums around the erupting wisdom tooth.
this is not because of your tonsillitis, infact your tonsillitis may be because of pericoronitis.
i will advise you to visit your dentist as soon as possible, usually extraction is treatment of choice for such cases, till than you can start up with warm saline rinses and betadine rinses, along with a course of analgesics and antibiotics.
thanks & take care.
Answered: Sun, 27 Jan 2013
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Dentist Dr. Sourabh Nargide's  Response

mostly it can be pericoronitis (problem of 3rd molar)which may cause tonsilitis secondarly.. this problem is seen at the age group of18-25.this can also be seen there after it can be 3rd molar problem probably if your age falls into this catagory..

good oral hygiene and mouth rinse with dentist prescribed antibiotic will give some relief..

final treatment will depend on local conditions..

visit your dentist for diagnosis/treatment.

thank you.. take care..

Answered: Sun, 27 Jan 2013
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General & Family Physician Dr. Luchuo Engelbert Bain's  Response

Thanks for posting.

From your description you are probably having gum infection order wise known as gingivitis. Your history of tonsillitis simply shows that you have an increased risk of oral infections like the case of your gums now but it is not directly related to it. The present infection might be of viral origin (not excluding the fact that it could be of bacteria origin) where as the previous tonsillitis was most likely due to bacteria. In any case, proper mouth hygiene is recommended at all times. You will need to visit a dental clinic for treatment.

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