April 28th, 2017
Swelling is often a sign of underlying dental issues. If you have swollen gums or your tooth is very painful and the surrounding area of gum tissue is inflamed, we urge you to get in touch. The sooner we see you, the sooner we can help you to feel more comfortable.
What causes swelling?
Swelling is most commonly associated with a dental abscess. An abscess is a fluid-filled sore, which can be found in the tooth or between the tooth and the gum. Abscesses are usually very painful, and they can cause acute throbbing pain. If you have an abscess, the area of gum surrounding the tooth may be swollen and tender, and you may also have a high temperature and feel unwell. If you have an abscess, you need to see a dentist. Dental abscesses are not treated in the same way as other types of abscess. Often, antibiotics are prescribed for abscesses, but with dental abscesses, the sore needs to be drained and removed.
Swelling can also be a sign of gum disease. If the gums are swollen, and they feel sore, this may indicate that you have gingivitis or periodontal disease. Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease, while periodontal disease is more advanced. Other signs you may spot include bleeding when you brush and tenderness. If you think you may have gum disease, it’s wise to see your dentist. Mild gum disease can be treated fairly easily, but severe cases require intensive treatment.
If you have a swollen tooth or your gums are inflamed, don’t suffer in silence. Call us now, and we’ll do our best to have you free from pain in no time.
October 28th, 2016
We offer an array of general and preventative dental services to promote good oral health, as well as cosmetic dentistry, orthodontic services and restorative treatment. Your health is extremely important to us and we recommend regular dental check-ups and sessions with our excellent hygienists.
What are the benefits of seeing a hygienist?
There are so many advantages of adding a hygiene session into your oral health routine. Hygienists are trained to provide dental hygiene treatments, oral health advice and treatment for oral health diseases, such as gum disease, so they really can make a difference to your oral health. Patients who have a high risk of gum disease, those who have active signs of gum disease and those who suffer from issues such as bad breath are often advised to see a dental hygienist on a regular basis.
Hygienists provide cleaning treatments that are much more powerful than brushing at home. They remove bacteria, break up food debris and cleanse the gums, to reduce the risk of gum disease and cavities and tackle plaque and tartar.
I’ve got healthy teeth and gums: do I still need to see a hygienist?
Even if you have strong, healthy teeth and no signs of decay or gum disease, seeing a hygienist is still hugely beneficial and it will help to ensure that you continue to enjoy good oral health. As well as removing any harmful traces of bacteria from your mouth, seeing a hygienist for a cleaning treatment can also help to make your teeth look brighter and whiter and remove surface stains. Your teeth will also feel lovely and smooth and you get a wonderful fresh feeling, which you can’t achieve when you brush at home.
Why is oral health so important?
Oral health is sometimes moved down the list when it comes to health priorities and many patients admit to skipping dental appointments. But we are eager to raise awareness of the importance of good oral health and encourage our patients to stick to regular check-ups and take good care of their teeth and gums at home. Studies have shown that oral health problems are linked to an increased risk of general health problems and brushing the teeth and seeing your dentist on a regular basis can help to cut your risk of developing serious, life-threatening illnesses, including heart disease and strokes.