Swollen gums are a common sign of infection in the gum along with oral hygiene issues. One would experience swelling in the gums area and also have some form of bleeding and darkening of the gums. In other cases, there is some discharge from the gums that is pus like, suggesting serious forms of inflammation and infection. One would also experience pain when eating or having food.
HOW IS SWOLLEN GUMS DIAGNOSED?
The diagnosis of gum disease is done by the following methods
Measuring the gums: A dentist or hygienist will use a periodontal probe to measure the depths of the pockets around all of the teeth in the mouth generally once per calendar year. Healthy gums will have pockets 1 mm-3 mm deep. Beyond that, the deeper the pockets, the more severe the disease.
Taking X-rays: Dental bitewing X-rays will help show the level of the underlying bone and whether any bone has been lost to periodontal disease.
Examining sensitive teeth: Teeth that have become sensitive around the gum line may indicate areas of receding gums.
Checking the gums: A dentist or hygienist will look for red, swollen, or bleeding gums.
HOW IS SWOLLEN GUMS TREATED?
The treatment of Swollen Gums typically involves medication and medicated toothpaste and creams. In an extreme case of Swollen Gums, the doctor may schedule surgery or root planning and dentist scrapes.
DID YOU KNOW?
Gingivitis is the most common cause of Swollen Gums.