Last week I went into my dentist and he prepped a lower back tooth for a crown. He took a mold and drilled my tooth down. He then put a temporary filling on my tooth. I have had minor irritation and as of today developed inflammation at the gum line. My gum is red with a splotch of white. I have a voice mail into my Dentist but I am not sure he is open on the weekends. Is there anything I can do in the interim? I have use orajel anatseptic mouth rinse and salt water gargle so far.

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  • Dr.Ritz

    Dr.Ritz 22 - October - 2011, at 02:01 AM

  • During tooth preparation, gums get irritated which leads to swelling of gums at the gum line. It is normal to have bit red and swollen gums after tooth preparation. For some relief, you can continue with warm saline rinses 3-4 times a day. Doing warm saline rinses will reduce the inflammation of the gums. Antiseptics mouth rinses and application of orajel will also provide some relief. Brush and floss regularly and maintain good oral hygiene. Any food accumulates in that area will aggravate the swelling. If pain and swelling aggravates, then you can consult your dentist. For more info on procedure for dental crown placement, you can refer to following article…

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