When an impacted wisdom tooth startsto push through the gum, an infection can start around the top of the tooth.Infection and inflammation (swollen,red gums) can cause pain, swelling, andjaw stiffness. The infection can causebad breath and an unpleasant taste.
Swallowing may be painful. Theperson may feel generally unwell.
TREATMENT OF INFECTION
Your dentist may gently clean the infected area around the tooth. You may be advised to rinse your mouth often with a warm saltwater mouthwash. Use one teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water. The water should be as warm as possible, but not too hot.
Your dentist may also suggest a disinfectant mouthwash and a pain killer. Your dentist may prescribeantibiotics.
If it lower wisdom tooth is infected, it can be made worse by the upper wisdom tooth biting clown on to the gums. The patient can be helped byremoval of the upper wisdom tooth.