Gum swelling and pain can distract you from everyday activities. They often indicate problems in your mouth, and these issues can worsen if left untreated. Make an appointment with Dr. Lipner today if you are suffering from gum swelling.
What Causes Gum Swelling and Pain?
Many factors can cause swollen, painful gums. Food or dental floss stuck between your teeth can lead to swelling. Neglecting to floss could also create gum pain. Pregnancy or an abscessed tooth can also lead to swollen gums.
Gingivitis (gum disease) can arise from poor brushing and flossing habits. This condition can turn into periodontitis, which is more serious and can lead to lost teeth.
Your gums may also swell due to certain medications. Inform Dr. Lipner about any medicines you take.
Treatment for Gum Swelling
Treatment depends on the severity of your swelling and pain as well as the cause. You may need X-rays so your dentist can locate the source of the pain, such as an abscess or inflamed nerve. If you have an infection, you may require antibiotics. Scaling and root planing can address gingivitis and clean your mouth.
In some cases, you may need a root canal to address the underlying issues in your gums. In this case, you should choose an endodontist with experience dealing with painful gums.
Do I Need a Root Canal for Gum Swelling?
If you have developed serious tooth decay or an infection in your tooth, which has lead to swollen gums, you may need a root canal.
Infections can spread to the pulp of your teeth due to poor dental hygiene and other factors. The infection may travel from the root of your tooth into the periodontal ligament. It may then enter the gums, causing painful swelling.
A root canal can alleviate this pain. Using the latest technology can help determine if you need a root canal. During the evaluation and treatment process, Dr. Lipner may:
- Use a diagnostic pulp tester to determine whether your pulp is infected or if something else may be causing your symptoms.
- Employ a high-powered dental microscope, which assists with maintaining the structure of the tooth by allowing Dr. Lipner to create smaller access points in your mouth.
- Finish with a higher-end rotary system, which shapes and cleans the root canal for treatment.
Once you have undergone a root canal, we recommend practicing good oral hygiene habits to keep your gums healthy and decrease the chance that the swelling will return.
Schedule Your Appointment for Gum Swelling Treatment in New York
If you experience gum pain and swelling and other treatments have not helped, you may need a root canal. Contact Midtown Endodontist NYC by calling 646-665-7208 or make an appointment online for a root canal. We offer free consultations for all aspects of endodontics.