Accessible Version
Gladnick Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
A Great Dentist

Are My Painful Gums a Dental Emergency?

May 29, 2020
|
Posted By: Gladnick Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

When you hear the phrase “dental emergency,” you most likely picture a broken tooth or a throbbing toothache. While it’s true most emergency dental situations involve injury to teeth, you can also need emergency treatment for your cheeks, tongue, lips, and gums. 

But how can you tell if your painful or damaged gums are a dental emergency? The best way to know for sure is to contact your Rockville emergency dentist by calling (301) 963-0800. That way, our treatment team can walk through what happened with you over the phone and determine how severe the extent of your injury is. 

If you’re still left wondering, however, a general rule is that if your gums are bleeding significantly, extremely swollen, or so painful that they’re interfering with your daily routine, something worrisome is probably going on. 

Bleeding Gums

Gums that lightly bleed when you brush or floss are not a dental emergency. Healthy gums do not bleed, which means that your dentist should examine your gums ASAP because you’re likely in the early stages of gum disease. A little blood or tenderness, however, does not indicate an emergency or dangerous condition. 

You should schedule an emergency dental appointment only if your gums have a laceration or injury that’s causing them to bleed profusely, or if you’re unable to stop the bleeding by applying standard pressure using gauze or a clean rag. 

Swollen or Painful Gums

Mildly swollen gums are also a textbook sign of gum disease, so if you notice gradual irritation around your gum line with no other symptoms, it’s best to call your Rockville dentist and schedule a visit for regular business hours. 

If your gums are so swollen that you’re having trouble closing your mouth, smiling, chewing, or breathing, however, you likely have a dental abscess or other condition that needs emergency treatment. 

Keep Your Gums Healthy and Avoid Dental Emergencies in Rockville

The health of your gums unavoidably affects the health of your teeth. To avoid gum disease and gum-related emergencies, you should visit your dentist every six months and floss your teeth every 24 hours. If you suspect you have a dental emergency involving your gums, don’t hesitate to call us at (301) 963-0800!

Related Blog Posts
May 1, 2020
What Are Some Common Ways Dental Emergencies Happen?

Especially now, during the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be hearing a lot of buzz about dental emergencies. But unless you’ve experienced a dental emergency yourself or know someone close to you who’s needed emergent dental work, you may not have a perfect idea of how teeth get broken or why people end up at their dentist at 2 a.m. 

Below, our Rockville dentists highlight two everyday situations that can lead to dental emergencies—as well as how we can fix your teeth when you need us. 

The Impact from Baseballs, Frisbees, Hockey Pucks, ...

If you have difficulty using our website, please email us or call us at (301) 963-0800
View the ADA Accessibility Statement
Our practice is open and we are welcoming back patients. We will be enforcing the state government recommendations for social distancing and occupancy limit. We look forward to seeing you again and providing the care our beloved patients expect and deserve. To schedule an appointment, please contact us at (301) 963-0800.

To learn more about the recent protocol changes at the practice, please check out our Safety Guidelines page.