Dealing With Swollen And Sensitive Gums? What To Know

Posted on: 11 January 2018


Gum tissue is a vital part of your oral health that you want to last a lifetime, and if your gums are swollen and painful, it's time to seek professional help. You don't want to wait until you have severe gum damage and an unsightly and unhealthy smile to get the treatment that you need. Here are some of the things that you want to talk to your dentist about when you go for your appointment, and things to do to treat swollen gums. 

Soothing the Pain

Soothing the pain to get comfort and relief right away can be done a few ways, including:

  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Pain medication
  • Rinsing with cool water and salt
  • Oral numbing medication

Using a soft bristle tooth brush and toothpaste that is specifically for sensitivity can also help with the problem and to ease the pain.

Treating the Infection

You want to get to the dentist to see if the reason you are having pain in the gum tissue is because you have an infection in the tissue. Bacteria can be a very serious problem, and you may need an antibiotic to help with the bacteria and infection so it doesn't spread to other areas of the mouth and body. The dentist may also have some anti-bacterial toothpaste or mouthwash options they want you to try.

Repairing Your Gums

After the infection has been removed, or the plaque has been cleaned with a deep tissue cleaning, it's time to repair your gums. You may want to ask your dentist if you would benefit from a pinhole surgery technique, where they pull the gums down back to their original place, or if some of the tissue needs to be replaced with tissue from the roof of the mouth. It may be best to remove the damaged tissue and then replace it with tissue from other areas of the mouth.

The gum tissue needs to be healthy if you are worried about keeping a healthy smile, and you want your gum tissue to look healthy and be strong. If you can tell that your gums are swollen and you feel like the tissue is sensitive and possibly infected, it's time to get to a dentist right away so you can get to the bottom of the problem. The dentist can help treat the problem and find the best solution for what's going on with your oral health.