Swollen Gum Around One Tooth: Causes and Treatments
When the gums swell around a single tooth in this manner, it usually signals an infection. This is known as an abscessed tooth, and it can be incredibly painful. If the infection is not treated, it has the potential to spread and cause more significant dental problems. If you experience swelling around a single tooth in your mouth, please see Dr. Ali Manesh, DMD, and Dr. Moein Darjani, DDS, for treatment. Contact us for more information or schedule an appointment online. We have convenient locations to serve you in Washington, DC, and Woodbridge, VA.
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Inflammation and swelling of the gums are very common experiences, whether the cause of the swelling is due to poor oral hygiene habits or the development of an infection. They can lead to a fair bit of discomfort or pain if left untreated, making it important to be aware of any at-home tips that may alleviate the discomfort and to know when it is recommended that you have the inflammation checked out by a dental professional. Untreated swelling of gums can end up becoming a much bigger and more painful problem, so it is best to have the problem addressed quickly if at-home remedies do not seem to be sufficient.
If you are experiencing gum inflammation and swelling around just one tooth, there are a few home remedy tips that can help to alleviate that swelling and discomfort. It is important to make sure that the tooth and surrounding gums are clean, so start by flossing and brushing the area to remove any plaque or food particles, and then rinse with salt water to remove any remaining bacteria. If there is significant discomfort or pain developing in the swollen gums, you can try applying warm and cold compresses to both reduce pain and reduce swelling. Drinking plenty of water will also help to keep the swelling down as it w to stimulate saliva production. Activities that involve consuming alcohol or tobacco (including rinsing with mouthwash) should be avoided until the tooth has healed entirely to prevent further irritation to the gums.
There are a few different reasons to explain why you may have developed inflammation in the gums surrounding just one tooth, the most common being poor dental hygiene. However, the teeth can become infected, develop periodontal disease, or even develop a dental abscess. Indications of swelling caused by poor dental hygiene include redness in the gums, loose teeth, bleeding when flossing or brushing the teeth, and bad breath. Periodontal disease is a gum disease, so it is identified by receding gum lines, loose teeth, a change in the bite, and pus development between the teeth. An abscess is typically more painful, often feeling like a throbbing or pounding in the affected area that often radiates throughout the head and neck. Severe cases of a dental abscess can lead to fevers, a sore throat, difficulty opening the mouth, and discomfort while swallowing.
If the swelling is caused by poor dental hygiene, it can go away with the implementation of healthier dental hygiene habits, eliminating the need to visit a medical professional. However, if the swelling does not diminish after these changes, it is important to seek attention from a dental professional to ensure that the swelling does not develop into an infection or cause other problems. Swelling due to gum disease can be easily ameliorated with a trip to the dentist to receive a deep cleaning and proper advice for your dental habits. If caused by an abscess or infection, you should have the swelling addressed by a dental professional right away to ensure that the infection does not worsen or spread.
It can be tricky to differentiate between the options for causes of gum swelling, so it is important to be aware of some of the associated symptoms. Some of these symptoms include experiencing pain while chewing, tooth sensitivity, receding gums, bleeding developing around the affected gums, pus development in the mouth, bad breath, and differences in bite patterns due to a change in how the teeth fit together. If the infection develops, it can cause tenderness in the area and visible redness in the surrounding gums. Severe cases could lead to the development of fevers and start to affect your overall health. Infections can lead to abscesses, which are pockets of pus that can cause painful swelling and discharge. Infections in the teeth or gums can end up being severe if left untreated and are very uncomfortable, so it is highly recommended that you seek professional dental attention promptly if suffering from any of these symptoms.
Our specialists can keep you and your smile healthy and pain-free by preventing gum disease and abscesses. Contact us for more information or schedule an appointment online. We have convenient locations to serve you. We serve patients from Washington, DC, Woodbridge, VA, Arlington VA, Lorton VA, Manassas VA, Springfield VA, Alexandria VA, and Silver Spring MD.