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I have a wisdom tooth that's coming in and my gum has become

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I have a wisdom tooth that's coming in and my gum has become quite irritated from my already erupted wisdom tooth rubbing on it constantly. There is a flap of gum on top of the tooth and it hurts so much. I was massaging it today and noticed that the area smells extremely bad. I have enough room for it to grow in, but now I'm worried something is wrong because of the smell... I have been using antiseptic mouth wash and brushing over it but I can't get in far enough to floss in there. Are there anything I can do to help it erupt quicker and get rid of the bad odour. This is my final wisdom tooth coming in and I've never experienced anything similar to this with the other 3.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dental
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I don't have insurance so I really can't afford to go to a dentist right now
Expert:  Root Canal Doctor replied 1 year ago.

Hi, what you have is called pericornitis. Pericoronitis is an inflammation of the gum tissue usually on the back portion of the gums around a tooth. It can be either chronic or acute. Acute pericoronitis can have swelling, fever and pain which indicates an infection that is not under control. Pericoronitis is not generalized gum disease (like periodontitis) because it is only found around one specific tooth. It is caused by debris that has not been removed and now is infected due to bacteria arising from the breakdown products in the space (sulcus) around the tooth.

You need to use warm salt water rinses: you can dissolve ½-teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of water as hot as can be safely tolerated, and rinse vigorously for about 2 minutes at least every 2-3 hours. Please do NOT put any heat on the outside of your face and elevate your head when sleeping.

If this continues you will need to get an RX for an antibiotic.

Since money is an issue you may want to consider one of the following options:

http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/oralhealth/popularpublications/findinglowcostdentalcare/

http://www.unitedway.org/

http://www.carecredit.com/ for financing options that would better fit your budget.

Other options to consider:

1. Dental schools:

www.dentalsite.com/dentists/densch.html

Dental schools charge far less than private practice however it does take more time to complete.

2. Clinics (free and low cost) Discounted dental services and dental workshops that offer free or

discounted/reduced services.

www.freemedicalcamps.com/

3. Freedentalcare.com

4. Local dental society or :

http://ebusiness.ada.org/mystate.aspx

They would be able to direct you to Foundations and Charitable outlets that may offer dental services.

Hope this helps!