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Usually, when inflammation occurs, signs may point to gum disease which is caused by poor dental hygiene and tobacco use.Inflamed Gums & Mouth Swelling Dental Emergencies

The Gentle Dental operates an emergency dental service for patients who are experiencing extreme discomfort or pain and are in need of 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 restored 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 to never put aspirin or any 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.

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 dentistry expert and a Gold Invisalign provider. He comes highly recommended and is able to treat any dental problem confidently and accurately.

A dentist like Dr Rifai, are specialists in diagnosing and repairing damage to soft tissue. However, serious 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 that teeth are stable and the injury is only occurring in the gum or soft tissues then simpler procedures will be used to treat the wound.

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Gum infections

Patients that encounter swollen and inflamed gums, we know how uncomfortable this can be.

Usually, when inflammation occurs, signs may point to gum disease which is caused by poor dental hygiene and tobacco use.

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.

We treat the following tooth emergencies, throbbing painchipped teeth, missing teeth, endodonticssnapped denturesdamaged bridgeslost fillings or crowns, apicoectomy, issues with braces, knocked-out teeth, bleeding gums.

See updates for our COVID-19 emergency treatments here.

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