There are several different conditions that can commonly result in swollen gums, including gingivitis, pregnancy, malnutrition, illness, dental appliances and even medications. If your gums are swollen, contact us today and we will get you in to see our dentist.
Until you are able to come in, there are some things that you can do to help relieve any discomfort you may be experiencing. These include:
- Swishing saltwater around in your mouth.
- Take an anti-inflammatory medication like ibuprofen. This can help to reduce the swelling and can help to reduce any discomfort you may be experiencing.
- Eat cold foods like a freezer pop or a few frozen grapes. The cold can help numb and sooth any discomfort while naturally reducing swelling.
Symptom of this condition include throbbing pain, red or swollen gums, swelling in the jaw or face, tooth soreness or tenderness, fevers and even a salty taste in the mouth. If you think you are suffering from an abscess, call us to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.
While you are waiting to visit our dentist, try rinsing your mouth with a mild saltwater solution and take over-the-counter pain relievers to ease any discomfort you may be experiencing.
When you come in for your appointment, our dentist will examine your teeth and determine the best course of treatment. A tooth abscess may require an antibiotic, root canal therapy or even a tooth extraction.
A rinsing of your mouth or flossing to remove any debris can often relieve toothaches. If you find that this does not provide you with any relief, please contact us to make an appointment. When you arrive, our dentist will determine the cause and treat you with the appropriate care.
DO NOT ever apply aspirin to your gums or teeth. This can result in damage to your teeth or your oral tissues.
Decay or damage to your teeth can lead to serious tooth infections. Some of the symptoms that you may experience if you are suffering from a tooth infection include:
- Throbbing pain in your tooth, jawbone or neck
- Cheek swelling
- Temperature sensitivity
- Sensitivity to pressure
- Swelling of the lymph nodes in your neck
Tooth infections are typically caused by tooth decay in your teeth that has gone untreated or from a crack in your tooth. In the case of a broken tooth, you may experience bad breath or a foul taste in your mouth that will not go away even after brushing or using mouth wash.
If you are concerned that you may be suffering from a tooth infection, contact us immediately for an emergency appointment.
We strive to preserve your teeth, but there are situations where a tooth extraction is required in order to preserve your overall oral health. Our dentist may determine that your tooth needs to be extracted if:
- A significant portion of your tooth or even the surrounding bone has been destroyed by infection.
- Your mouth is too crowded; there is not enough room in your mouth for all of your teeth.
- Decay has reached deeply into the tooth and it cannot be saved.
If you need an emergency tooth extraction, contact us today to come in for a visit with our dentist.
Root canal therapy is a treatment that our dentist can use to help a tooth that has its pulp infected. Your dental pulp is the soft core of your tooth that extents from the crown to the roots down in your jawbone. It is made up of nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue. Dental damage or decay can make it possible for bacteria to get into the pulp and infect it.
A root canal treatment can save a tooth that would otherwise need to be extracted or else spread infection into the rest of your body. If you are in need of an emergency root canal, contact us today and we will get you in as soon as possible.