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I have a hole in my gum tissue behind my back right molar.

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I have a hole in my gum tissue behind my back right molar. I had my wisdom teeth removed when I was 18 years old. I'm in my 50's now. While the tissue has been tender for the last two weeks, it seems to be less so today. What could this be?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Dental
Expert:  replied 5 years ago.
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This answer must necessarily be speculative, because tenderness of gum tissue can result from any of a wide array of different issues. Some examples include:
  • periodontal inflammation from adjacent second molar
  • traumatic injury from hard food
  • residual fragment from previously removed wisdom tooth, not infected.
  • residual cyst from previously removed wisdom tooth
  • ulcer from contact with opposing, hyper-erupted tooth
  • muco-cutaneous inflammatory disorder (e.g., lichen planus, pemphigoid, lupus, Crohn's disease"
  • lymphoepithelial cyst
  • benign or malignant neoplasm
  • viral, bacterial, or fungal infection
Although the improving trend is encouraging, the area should remain under observation for the next week or so. If it does not resolve, you should arrange for an appointment so that your dentist can assess its significance and take any appropriate remedial action.

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