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Dr. Katz, Dentist - DDS
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Experience:  Dentist and Anesthesiologist for 37 years.Anesthesiology Fellow-Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.Evaluator for Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners.
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My wisdom tooth is twisting slowly and i have noticed the

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my wisdom tooth is twisting slowly and i have noticed the pain getting worse and the side of my mouth is swollen
JA: Do you have any gum pain? Do you any discomfort in your jaw?
Customer: yes both.. i am due to fly from Australia to Dubai tonight and am wondering if that is a good idea?
JA: Please give me a bit more information, so the dentist can help you best.
Customer: my tooth has come through but only looks half through. it was straight but in the last week or so i have noticed the tooth is turning inwards with the roots trying to move towards my cheek. the last 2 days the pain has got worse and the gum looks quite red and swollen
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dental
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
My the pain feels like it is moving down into my jaw
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
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Expert:  Dr. Katz replied 1 year ago.

How old are you and do you have any swelling currently?

Expert:  Dr. Katz replied 1 year ago.

Do you have any access to a dentist or doctor that can prescribe you an antibiotic?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I am 23 and I have swelling now. It has become worse within the last hour.
Expert:  Dr. Katz replied 1 year ago.

I am sorry that you are in so much pain.This is a common occurrence in your age group where the wisdom tooth does not have room to erupt.You have what is known as a pericoronitis,which is an infection of the gum around the tooth.Do you have access to an emergency care unit or a dentist that can prescribe an antibiotic?

Expert:  Dr. Katz replied 1 year ago.

If you have swelling in your face,it will be important that you start on an antibiotic right away.Penicillin , amoxicillin or clindamycin are the antibiotics of choice.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Ok thank you. Can I fly with this pain/ on antibiotics?
I can't get an emergency appointment. I have tried
Expert:  Dr. Katz replied 1 year ago.

The antibiotics take about 48 hours before you will see any results in reducing the swelling.In the meantime,rinsing with a solution of 3% hydrogen peroxide or strong warm salt water can help keep the area clean around the tooth and may help with the inflammation .Pain tolerance is different for everyone.I do not know how much that you can endure but it is important that you start on the antibiotic ASAP.Most oral surgeons and dentists have 24 hour emergency lines and they can call in a prescription for you before you leave.You can fly but you may need to take some ibuprofen and tylenol with you to keep the pain under control.

Expert:  Dr. Katz replied 1 year ago.

You are probably aware that you will need to have this tooth extracted in the near future.These type of infections will return if the tooth is not removed.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you so much for that information. I'll make a booking for a dentist first thing in the morning.
Thanks again
Expert:  Dr. Katz replied 1 year ago.

You are welcome and I hope that you feel better soon.I have had the same thing happen to me when my wisdom teeth were coming in and I was miserable.

Expert:  Dr. Katz replied 1 year ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Katz replied 1 year ago.

Is there any additional information that you need?

Expert:  Dr. Katz replied 1 year ago.

Please leave a rating. Thanks