Gum Emergencies

Many dental procedures can leave your gums all bothered, cut, bruised or even bleeding. This is all a part of the healing process. However, the experience can be quite painful and can leave you with damaged gums, and in pain. This is of course normal, but how do we know that something is wrong? After all, taking a bunch of painkillers will dull you to all sorts of problems that you may have, and thus it may be difficult to know when it is time to go and book an emergency appointment. Here are some pointers that indicate that something is wrong, and that you may have a gum disease, or that the attention of a medical professional is warranted.


If the gums have been incised, and if they have been cut, then you will experience some amount of bleeding. This bleeding can last for days, and you may already feel sick with the taste of blood in your mouth, but that still does not mean that there is a problem. Sometimes, the wound can be in such a place that it does not have the possibility to scab over; it may be continually torn open, the wound may constantly move during eating or speech, etc. If the bleeding does stop though, it may easily start again. Any bleeding that continuously lasts for more than 48 hours is suspect, and means that you are losing way too much blood, and that something may be wrong. Bleeding that completely staunches, and then comes back strong is also a problem, and may warrant the attention of an emergency dentist.


If your gums have been cut or removed, or cauterized, or otherwise affected, you will experience some swelling. The tricky thing is that the swelling may start quite some time after the procedure has been finished, as the gums may take some time to swell up. Swelling is an immune reaction, so your gums may not be as swollen as they will become right after the procedure. The other thing you may experience is that the area may swell up periodically, and go back down right afterwards. This is pretty scary, but is completely normal and to be expected. If the swelling does not start to stabilize or go down after 24 hours, but just keeps on ballooning out of control, you may want to seek a dentist out. Some procedures take more time to complete swelling, ask your dentist when you should be worried.

Discharge, bad taste

A foul taste or smell is indicative of a bacterial infection, and should be dealt with immediately. Try and rinse the area, and if you were prescribed antibiotics, take them as recommended. Any sort of pus or discharge is a sign of a bacterial infection, and requires medical attention.

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