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Gum flap

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Posted by: Charliemoo  (6 years ago)
On my very back molar (i'm 25 and never got my wisdom teeth) I have a gum flap, this tooth came through about 10years ago and the flap has always been there and it's highly annoying, i'm always worried that theres food trapped underneath it and feel like I can't clean the tooth properly. Could it be removed by a dentist and if so how do they remove it??

Thanks in advance
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Posted by: jimhassel  (5 years ago)
You are correct, you might be feeling unpleasant with trapping of food debris and bacteria under your gum flap developed. You get a bacterial infection with swelling and pain. I would suggest you to see the dentist, because this is a bacterial infection and will respond to antibiotics. He also might be able to clean it out a bit. However, for the time being, you can take Advil for pain, and for its anti-inflammatory properties rinse your mouth very frequently - especially after you eat.
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Posted by: douglasbogle  (5 years ago)
It is quite unpleasant. I have also not got the wisdom teeth till date but suffered from the same problem as you are. I decided to consult dentists in Auckland, but they said i should try some liquid fillers to avoid this.
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On my very back molar (i'm 25 and never got my wisdom teeth) I have a gum flap, this tooth came through about 10years ago and the flap has always been there and it's highly annoying, i'm always worried that theres food trapped underneath it and feel like I can't clean the tooth properly. Could it be removed by a dentist and if so how do they remove it??

Thanks in advance


Yes, it can be removed quite easily by either electrosurgery, laser, or a scalpel.
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