Inflamed Gums & Mouth Swelling Dental Emergencies

The Gentle Dental operates an emergency dental service for patients experiencing extreme discomfort or pain requiring immediate dental care.

With our patients at the forefront of our minds, we want to restore comfort at every level and make sure our patient’s oral conditions are maintained and repaired back to a healthy state.

In the case of a swollen mouth, start by applying a cold compress to the outside of your mouth/cheek.

Even though you may wish for some gum relief, we would advise you never to put aspirin or other painkillers on your gums because it may irritate and burn the gum tissue further.

In situations of distress, see a dentist as soon as possible.

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Soft tissue injuries

As the tissues in the mouth are sensitive and delicate when they become injured it can be a very painful occurrence.

Soft tissues include:

  • Gums
  • Cheeks
  • Tongue
  • Lips

These soft tissues can be easily wounded if they are accidentally bitten, put in contact with food that is too hot or aggravated in a traumatic accident.

In some instances, soft tissues can also become injured when you chew on hard objects.


The main indication of a hurt soft tissue is unbearable, throbbing pain. In the beginning stages, the tooth can often become sensitive to any heat or pressure. Be careful as this can develop into a fever.

Other instances can involve swollen lymph nodes which are located in the aw or neck. These may be tender to the touch. You may also experience pain in your sinus area.

In the most severe cases, you may have an abscess. If this ruptures, you will experience a foul-smelling and tasting fluid that will seep into the mouth.

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How a dentist will treat the pain

Meet principal dentist Dr Ali Rifai, a full member of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentists (BACD), implant dentist and a Gold Invisalign provider. He comes highly recommended and can treat any dental problem confidently and accurately.

A dentist like Dr Rifai is highly experienced in diagnosing and repairing damage to soft tissue. However, severe injuries to these areas are often handled by oral surgeons in hospitals.

First, the dentist will inspect the mouth and determine if teeth are loose or damaged. In this case, if teeth are stable and the injury is only occurring in the gum or soft tissues, more straightforward procedures will be used to treat the wound.

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Seek urgent care

If you are in pain, we always advise that you get in touch with us and we will be able to let you know the best next steps and course of treatment to help alleviate your symptoms.

The Gentle Dental are experienced in dealing with all types of gum and mouth infections as well as dealing with more serious consequences if these types of problems persist.

Book an appointment. Call 020 8224 7562.

Edward CrameEdward Crame
13:43 04 Dec 21
Very happy with all aspects of the work they have done. Very clean, professional and well run business.
Lynn HuddartLynn Huddart
12:43 24 Nov 21
Dr Ali Rifai was professional and I am very pleased with the outcome of my Invisalign's. I have been with this practice for many years and would highly recommend. The staff are very friendly and nothing is an issue.
Jonathan PlumbJonathan Plumb
11:52 24 Nov 21
Can't thank this practice enough for all their help. I don't post reviews very often, so when I do, it's because an impression has been left! Dr Ali saw me at short notice to help fix a broken tooth. The nurse (I think her name was Danni) was so helpful and kind, as were the rest of the team. Thank you for being there for me in my hour of need (the same day i asked for an appointment!)

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