Dental Emergency Advise:

Pain in the gum around wisdom teeth

Pain in the gum around upper wisdom teeth. 

There are many reasons for pain in the gum around upper wisdom teeth but one reason is the upper wisdom tooth has been erupting at a wrong angle and is rubbing against the inside cheek especially when the person opens and closes their mouth. A temporary help is to put something soft on the tooth (sugar free chewing gum) and contact your dentist immediately. Because of inflammation in the area an anti-inflammatory pain killer (like Ibuprofen or Aspirin) works better than Paracetamol. If you are not sure if it is the gum around upper or lower wisdom tooth which hurts then try with your finger and push the gum around upper wisdom tooth and see if it hurts when pushing the finger there.

 Pain in the gum around lower wisdom teeth: 

Again there are many reasons for pain in the gum around lower wisdom teeth but there are 2 of the most common cases below. Again, try with your finger and see if it is the gum around lower wisdom tooth which hurts.

The first the reason for the pain: Can be because the upper wisdom tooth has been over-erupting and when the patient bites, the upper wisdom tooth bites on the gum partially covering the lower wisdom teeth. This traumatises the gum around the lower wisdom tooth. Try to avoid biting on the area and contact your dentist because this can very easily develop into an infection in the jaw.          

The second reason for pain in the gum around lower wisdom tooth can be because the lower wisdom tooth is partially covered by gum. This means that some times food and bacteria can get under the gum and causes infection in that area. Brushing the gum and the wisdom teeth can sometimes cause this problem to occur less. However, if you suffer with such discomfort contact a dentist because it can develop to an infection. This condition is called Periocoronitis. You can see a video below which explains this condition.