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Gum pain behind back molars on both sides--NOT wisdom teeth

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Posted by: MackenzieNicole  (2 years ago)
Last Wednesday, I woke up and something in my mouth didn't feel right. I felt around with my teeth and I could feel a hunch of flesh, like a flap that I could lift up with the tip of my tongue. It was behind my left back molar, and at first I thought I might have torn the gum behind my left back molar when I was flossing in a hurry or picking at my teeth with a fingernail, but I'm not really sure what happened. I don't recall tearing the gum, I just woke up and it felt like this. I figured I must have torn it somehow though.. until Friday when I woke up and the gum behind my molar on the right side felt the exact same way! My mom says that I should wait a few days to see if it heals itself, but it is VERY painful and is making me miserable. I have been rinsing with listerine, which helps the pain a little, and I have been taking Ibuprofin. Do I need to see a dentist for this? The thing that concerns me is that it happened to both sides--and I know it's not my wisdom teeth cutting through because I had them removed when I was in high school(it does feel a LOT like the pain I had when I got my wisdom teeth removed).

Also, it may be worth mentioning that I was sick last week(when the pain in my left gum first started). I'm not sure what I had, but my throat was really sore and it seemed like the lymph nodes below my jaw were swollen and painful. I went to the doctor and have been taking antibiotics twice a day, and I am no longer sick. Is this connected to the pain/flaps in my gums??
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Last Wednesday, I woke up and something in my mouth didn't feel right. I felt around with my teeth and I could feel a hunch of flesh, like a flap that I could lift up with the tip of my tongue. It was behind my left back molar, and at first I thought I might have torn the gum behind my left back molar when I was flossing in a hurry or picking at my teeth with a fingernail, but I'm not really sure what happened. I don't recall tearing the gum, I just woke up and it felt like this. I figured I must have torn it somehow though.. until Friday when I woke up and the gum behind my molar on the right side felt the exact same way! My mom says that I should wait a few days to see if it heals itself, but it is VERY painful and is making me miserable. I have been rinsing with listerine, which helps the pain a little, and I have been taking Ibuprofin. Do I need to see a dentist for this? The thing that concerns me is that it happened to both sides--and I know it's not my wisdom teeth cutting through because I had them removed when I was in high school(it does feel a LOT like the pain I had when I got my wisdom teeth removed).

Also, it may be worth mentioning that I was sick last week(when the pain in my left gum first started). I'm not sure what I had, but my throat was really sore and it seemed like the lymph nodes below my jaw were swollen and painful. I went to the doctor and have been taking antibiotics twice a day, and I am no longer sick. Is this connected to the pain/flaps in my gums??


Probably there is excess tissue behind your second molars that has becomed infected/inflamed. You need to have your periodontal pocket depths measured in this area. Possibly, you might need these flaps of tissue excised. It is an easy procedure.
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