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Swollen, painful and tender gum behind last molar. Sore throat. Recommendations?

Hi. Yesterday i began to feel that my lower right gum behind my last molar (where my wisdom tooth would be, but i had them removed 10 years ago) began to feel swollen and tender. If i opened my mouth wide, or squeeze my mouth shut tightly it hurts more, and when i chew on that side. It was smaller at first but grew and is now big enough that i can feel it against my tongue and upper gum. Nothing specific happened to it and it came very suddenly over the course of the night. I am in good health over all, brush regularly, have had very few dental problems in my life. I also have a sore thought at the moment but i dont know if that is connected at all. Any thoughts?
Asked On : Thu, 4 Apr 2013
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Dentist 's  Response

Thanks for asking the query,

Swollen lump at the back of the tooth that had developed suddenly can be due to allergic reactions, trauma to the region or bacterial and viral infections. Sore throat occurs due to viral infections.
I would suggest you to visit the Dentist and get the check up done, if necessary take the x-rays
Go for symptomatic treatment of complete mouth scaling and polishing.
Take a course of antibiotics and analgesic.
Apply Dologel oral ointment topically over the affected area.
Maintain a good oral hygiene, take lukewarm saline and antiseptic mouthwash rinses.

Hope this helps out.
Answered: Fri, 26 Apr 2013
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Dentist Dr. Bindiya Bhaskar's  Response
Thanks for posting your query.
The gum from where the wisdom tooth has removed may be swollen due to-
Deep caries in adjacent tooth spread into peri-apical area.
Gingivitis caused due to improper oral hygiene and pocket formed .
Chronic cheek biting.
I would advice you to get a thorough clinical and x-ray examination.
Complete mouth scaling is adviced.
Root canal treatment has to be done if adjacent tooth is decayed.
Frequent warm saline gargle may help.
Take care.
Answered: Fri, 26 Apr 2013
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