Treatment for Swollen Gums in Atlanta, GA
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Do You Have Localized Swelling or Pimples on Your Gums?
Swollen gums are uncomfortable, but they’re also your body’s way of saying that something’s not right! If the swelling is isolated to just one tooth or you notice a bump or pimple on your gums that may or may not drain, you may be dealing with an advanced tooth infection.
You need an endodontist to save your tooth and assist with this issue. Call our office today. There’s no referral needed.
What Causes Swollen Gums
Red, inflamed, or bleeding gums throughout your mouth is likely a sign of gum disease. In this case, you should talk to your general dentist or a periodontist about treatment options.
However, if you have pimples, boils, or an abscess on your gums, or if you notice that your gums are swollen around just a single tooth, you may be suffering from an advanced tooth infection.
When an infection has persevered and been left unaddressed, the infection will find the path of least resistance to “drain.” Usually this will lead to a localized swelling around the tooth in question (abscess) or create an actual pathway that drains out through your gums (sinus tract).
Root canal treatment addresses these infections by removing the source of the problem, the infected nerve system. This allows the gum tissue to return to its normal healthy appearance and feel.
Gum Disease or Sinus Tract?
- Grinding your teeth
- Excessive force to one tooth
- Large fillings that weaken your tooth
- Untreated tooth decay
- Biting down on something hard
- Trauma to the face, head, or mouth, such as a car accident or sport injury
Root Canal to Fix Swollen Gums
When isolated to one area and accompanied by a painful tooth, pimple, or boil, swollen gums may be a sign that you need a root canal.
Root canal treatment involves removing the inflamed or infected pulp, carefully cleaning and disinfecting the canal system, and then filling and sealing the canals. After root canal treatment is completed, the swelling and sinus tract will resolve on its own.
Ask Dr. King: Treating Swollen Gums
Will swollen gums go away?
Many patients notice swelling coming and going around a single tooth — however, if your swollen gums are caused by an infected tooth, the issue will not resolve on its own. Always seek dental help for swollen gums.
What are home remedies for infection related swollen gums?
These home remedies will help soothe discomfort while you get ready for your appointment at our office:
- Brush and floss gently, so you don’t cause further irritation
- Rinse your mouth with a saltwater solution
- Drink lots of water!
- Avoid strong mouthwashes, alcohol, and tobacco
- Over the counter analgesics to assist with discomfort
What’s the difference between an endodontist and a periodontist?
If you’re experiencing generalized swollen gums you are likely experiencing gum disease, you need a periodontist — a dental professional who specializes in treating gum disease. However, if your swollen gums are the result of a tooth infection, you need an endodontist — a dental professional who specializes in diagnosing and treating tooth infections and performing root canal treatment.
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