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Irritated gums in one area only?

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frostgirl

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The past few days, the gums around my lower left molars has been quite irritated, as well as the gum that's around/slightly covering my upper left wisdom tooth. I thought I could have ate something too hot, and slightly burnt my mouth. But this is only on the inside, the side closest to my tongue. As well, on my gum next to my last lower molar, on the tongue side, there's red dots where it's irritated. The only pain I'm having is when I'm trying to brush my teeth and it hurts when my toothbrush touches the last molar. I have been having some jaw pain as well but I think that's just from stress as it's not really near this and I tend to get jaw pain when I'm stressed out. I have tried a warm salt water rinse this morning, and it helped ever so slightly. Could it be just a burn from hot food?

I am going to give it until Tuesday and if it isn't any better, I will force myself to ring my dentist and get an appointment.

Side note - I can post a photo if needed.

I thought I would ask for some advice because this is driving my anxiety levels up the wall and stressing me out more.
 
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thisisme

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Not an expert but the wisdom tooth could be something called pericoronitis, which I’ve studied up on since I’ve never had my removed.


Jaw pain also sounds like it can be wisdom teeth as well, or particularly, the one that is trying to come through.

Hopefully, a dentist can give you an expert opinion. Hang in there!
 
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Hi Frostgirl,

I have no idea about what‘s going on but as you have a new practice and haven‘t been there too often, why not using this as an excercise and getting it checked? You seem to have great teeth and no problems so this might be an opportunity To get in touch and good in terms of desensitization. As @Dr. Daniel said once, you have a dentist - use him :)
 
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frostgirl

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Thanks thisisme and Enarete

I think I am probably going to have to go and see them. It seems about the same but I hate things popping up like this. You're probably right, as it will probably be good in terms of desensitisation. Argh :frantic::shame:
 
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NETWizz

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Most of the time if I get something like this and gently brush what hurts with an anticeptic mouthwash, it will clean out any superficial infection and feel better and heal fast. If anything is caught it needs to be picked or flossed out. Nobody would want to be aggressive or make a bunch of bleeding.

Sometimes sodium laurel sulphate (foaming agent) in toothpaste gets blamed and might be a culprit.

At any rate if something is going on see your dentist. A quick oral evaluation will often diagnose most things.
 
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frostgirl

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It seems a lot better today, still slightly sore but it doesn't look as red and irritated as before. Should I still go and see them? I don't want to go and feel like an idiot over nothing. Argh.
 
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Glad you are doing better. I guess this is something only you can decide. It is never wrong to ask a specialist when something is bothering you and a dentist should never make you feel like a bother. I think most dental care professionals would be happy if people got in more often to seek advice or information.
 
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