The most common cause of sore gums is a buildup of plaque, which causes gum disease.
Patients suffering from gum disease often and frequently experience gum pain, throbbing teeth, bleeding gums and increased tooth sensitivity.
But is the problem gum disease or something more?
Do your gums hurt at night?
When we lie down, more blood rushes to our heads. This puts extra pressure on sensitive areas in our mouths, whereas when we are standing during the day, we would not necessarily feel this throbbing sensation.
What do sore gums mean?
- If there is little pain or discomfort when brushing or flossing your teeth, it probably means nothing. Everyone has different sensitivity levels, and having infrequent sore gums is not something to worry about. Sometimes it is caused by brushing too hard or flossing.
- However, throbbing in the mouth and gums can mean infection. Other evidence of ingestion would be swelling within the mouth and face.
- Longevity of the problem: Have your gums been aching and painful for some time? This points toward a gum infection or periodontitis.
- Stress, lifestyle, smoking, and diet can all be contributors.
- A tooth abscess can also cause aching and painful gums.
- Bleeding gums
- Irritated, red, swollen gums
- Smelly gums or bad breath
- Black triangular pockets between teeth
- Receding gums
- Loose teeth
Other common causes for throbbing gums:
- Brushing too hard
- Improper dental care like flossing
- Gum infection or stress
- Smoking and diet
- Abscessed tooth
- Hormonal changes
- Oral cancer
The simplest way for immediate relief
At-home remedies can provide you with quick relief from gum pain, including warm compresses, oral anaesthetic gels, or even a quick saltwater rinse.
It is essential to bear in mind that these are only temporary alleviations.
You can attempt to cure your gum disease at home with correct oral hygiene routines.
- Warm and cold compresses pressed onto your gums
- Gargle with saltwater
- Oral anaesthetic gels available from the chemist
Dental treatments to resolve more significant issues
Gums do not grow back.
Suppose you are experiencing a pulsing sensation in your gums. In that case, you likely suffer from a highly progressed form of gum disease, which can eventually cause problems like gum recession and tooth and bone loss.
Treat & prevent gingivitis.
At the Perfect Smile, our periodontist and dental hygienists will be responsible for handling your treatment. However, the level of work required will depend on the extent of your gum disease.
- Scale and polish with the hygienist
- Root planing
- Stopping smoking
- Laser gum treatments
Gum disease can quickly be arrested and cured.
However, if left untreated, the results can be loose teeth caused by receding gums that affect the amount of bone holding your teeth.
Seeing a dentist as soon as possible is recommended, where you can have your mouth thoroughly cleaned with the safe and careful removal of plaque and tartar buildup.
Could you speak to us?
When to see a dentist
Gum disease can not only cause throbbing gums but can cause your teeth to experience sensitivity and pain.
If you experience any of the following, the problems your gums are causing you may be the onset of gum disease.
Increase blood when you brush your teeth, red and swollen gums and the beginnings of the movement in your teeth.
We refer to the early stages of gum disease as gingivitis. Talk to a dentist about your concerns.
Cost of treatments
The cost of periodontal treatments will depend on your unique condition. Periodontitis affects the gums and bones in the jaw and teeth. Each mouth area may need to be treated to reverse the effects entirely.
Here, we’ve broken down the costs for periodontal treatments, which are also used as pre-implant procedures to make the mouth stable and healthy.
- Periodontist Consultation £200
- Periodontist Review £150
- Periodontal Treatment from £450
“I wish I did something sooner…”
I have never really felt self-conscious about my smile. It was straight, not too yellow or stained and never held me back from smiling.
I had started to develop gingivitis when I was around 18, which was discovered after a periodic check-ups with the dentist.
Being a teenager, I never really thought anything of it or understood its seriousness.
Now, only in my mid-twenties, I am suffering from more annoying problems. My teeth have pushed together, causing slight crookedness and plaque buildup, which is impossible to remove with flossing or brushing.
Over the years, the plaque has broken off, leaving my tooth exposed and feeling raw. I cannot brush or touch my gums without them bleeding, and because they are now so sensitive, they can often keep me awake at night due to throbbing.
The gum disease has spread throughout my mouth; in the beginning, it focused on specific areas. I was frightened. I could see the state of my oral health slipping, and with black triangles forming between my teeth, they became a little shaky, which scared me into thinking I would lose my teeth at 35!
This has meant that I have been unable to be considered for aesthetic cosmetic dentistry procedures. I now have to undergo regular hygiene appointments alongside laser gum surgery and periodontal treatments.
My advice? Please don’t wait, don’t underestimate and take care of your teeth before it’s too late.
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