Gum & Mouth Pain

The soft tissue in your mouth can be extremely sensitive, so even small injuries to your gums or issues minor issues can be unexpectedly painful. If you are experiencing gum pain, get to our Edmonton office, so we can help treat it.

Emergency Help for Gum & Soft Tissue Pain

Gum pain can be caused by a variety of issues such as injury, disease or infection. The sooner you get to our dental office, the sooner the cause of your gum pain can be determined so we can begin treatment and ease your pain.

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Types of Gum Issues

Gum Injury

Gum injury is the most common type of gum issue. It can happen during sporting injuries, accidental falls, and motor vehicle accidents. 

Gum Disease

If your gums are sore, red, sensitive to extreme temperatures and bleed after brushing, you may be in the early stages of gum disease. Caused by bacteria in plaque, gum disease is usually the result of poor oral hygiene. It’s extremely serious, and your dentist can help treat it right away.

Gum Infection & Abscess

If foreign objects like food get lodged in your gums, it can lead to an infection. Over time, an abscess (a buildup of pus) forms a barrier around the infection. 

You can try to dislodge the object with dental floss, but there’s always a possibility that you’ll just drive the object further into the gum. To avoid any further complications, get to your dentist right away. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is gum disease?

    Gum (periodontal) disease is an infection of the supporting tissues of the teeth, including the gums, gingiva, alveolar bone, cementum, and the periodontal ligament. 

    Risk factors for gum disease include poor oral hygiene habits, smoking and systemic diseases that allow plaque to build up on the teeth and harden, eventually affecting the gums. 

  • How will the dentist treat my gum pain?

    If your gum pain is caused by gum disease, treatment methods will depend on the type and severity of the disease. If the disease is caught in the early stages, preventive therapy will be recommended.

    If your gum pain is caused by injury, treatment methods will also depend on the trauma. In most cases, the dentist will clean the wound to scrape away any debris. They may also give antibiotics to prevent infection or sedatives to help with the pain. Some treatments may also include stitches. 

  • What if I don't seek treatment for gum disease?

    In the most advanced form of gum disease, the teeth lose support as the gums, bone, and periodontal ligament deteriorate.

    If left untreated, the affected teeth will become very loose and may even fall out. Moderate to severe bone loss in the jaw may also occur.

  • What can I do to help my gums until I get to the dentist?

    If the wound is bleeding heavily, you should get to a dentist as soon as possible.

    When the bleeding is less severe, you may be able to treat your gum trauma until you get to the dentist by taking these steps:

    • Rinse your mouth out with salt water to help keep your wound clean.

    • Apply some gauze to stem the flow if the bleeding in your mouth is particularly heavy.
    • Use an ice pack or cold compress to reduce swelling.
  • Will there be any followup appointments?

    Depending on the reason for your gum or mouth pain, your dentist may ask you to attend a followup appointment to ensure that there are no further problems, and that treatment has been effective.

    Otherwise, your dentist will continue to monitor your oral health as usual during your regular checkup appointments.

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