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Can Gums Heal
No foods "heal" gums: Looking for something other than simply flossing daily and to a lesser degree proper toothing to heal your gums and keep them healthy... Don't waste your time! Short of the mechanical cleaning functions of chewing/eating food and the plaque diluting function of saliva, foods do not heal gums! ...Read more
Gingivitis: There is no "quick fix" to "healing" your gums. The first thing that you should do is contact a qualified dds for a thorough evaluation to diagnose your problem. Gingivitis is inflammation of the gums that can be treated with proper oral hygiene, tooth brushing, flossing and antibacterial/antiseptic rinses. If your problem is more severe, your dentist may refer you to a periodontist. Do it now! ...Read more
Fast, or slow: The healing depends on what it is healing from. If you already had treatment to address disease (such as gum disease) or condition (such as tooth extraction), gums rapidly start healing. It is often some swelling for a day or two, then takes only a few days to witness signs of wound closure. However, if your body is compromised (poor nutrition, or poor systemic health) healing will be slower. ...Read more
Which parts?: Which parts (tissues) are you referring to, and what procedures if any have been performed on the gingiva? A broken bone, for example, needs to be in a cast for approximately two months for it to heal properly; inflamed gums, after a good cleaning, will take just a few weeks. Please repost your question with specifics. ...Read more
Very easily.: Other than ur regular home care and brush/floss. U should rinse with warm salt water (one tea spoon in 4 ounces of water). And also some antibacterial rinse such as listerine. Try avoiding any hot/ spicy food. It is not a big deal. No worries, if it is a superficial cut. ...Read more
Depends: Depends on what the gums are healing from. Most of the superficial exterior gum healing occurs within 6-8 weeks following gum surgery. However, changes in the deeper gum tissues continue to occur for many months. If your gums are not healing, whatever the cause, I would recommend an evaluation by a periodontist as soon as possible. ...Read more
Deep cleaning: You are likely talking about post operative discomfort. It all depends on how bad your gum disease is. Typically, most of my patients are back to normal in a few days and only need some Ibuprofen or Tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain. Some people are better the next day and some take up to a month. The latter being very unusual. Warm salt water rinses a few times a day will help. Hang in there ...Read more
Vascular: The gingival tissue is very vascular wants the inflamed tissue is removed healthy tissue heals very quickly due to the amount of blood flow. ...Read more
Not especially: What was done or what is your situation that caused the inflamed gum tissue? Knowing that would help us answer your question more completely and accurately. One of the best ways to help things heal in general is to keep them clean, eat a healthy diet, avoid further irritation and get sufficient rest. If you have had recent dental treatment, ask your dentist for more specific advice. ...Read more
Had my tooth out last week, how long does it take to heal, I got something stuck in the hole and got it out it was like white jelly was it the gum?
3 days: For a healthy patient, 3 days is when we can determined if there would be infection and/or dry socket. That is when neovascular genesis begin as the clot is stabilized and there is void of infection. Soft tissue proliferates at the margin and migrate down the extraction socket to cover the hole at the rate approx. 1mm per day. The white jelly is the dead skin that should be wipe off daily. ...Read more
See below: Warm salt water rinses, if still problematic, contact your DDS. ...Read more
I cut my gum a week ago and now it's white and hurts how can I help it heal faster and should I go to the doctor.
See a dentist: It may have become infected so you need to see a dentist and have it treated. ...Read more
I got deep cleaning but not bleeding as much and my gums are still inflame. How long does it take for inflame gums to heal after deep cleaning?
10 to 14 days: After Initial Periodontal Therapy or IPT, you must brush rinse and floss as instructed. Your gums may bleed for a few days as they heal, but excellent oral hygiene is the key to success! You should have a follow up scheduled with the treating dentist in 3 to 4 weeks. Good for you for investing in yourself! ...Read more
I have white lines on my gum and onto my cheek, the skin peels off leaving a rough part. It heals up then comes back I'm worried it could be bad?
Lichen Planus: Is the most likely cause. Consult your doctor or dentist. ...Read more
After my deep cleaning with anesthesia, I have pockets with dark gums. Does this mean my gums have to heal? I was also perscribe a oral rinse 2x day
Give it time: The deep cleaning was performed to remove accumulated calculus and to stimulate gingival healing. After a healing period your dentist will re-evaluate the condition of your gums and determine if further treatment is necessary. ...Read more
One of my tooth gum has receded and the bottom root is sensitive to touch. What can I do to fix this? How did this happen? Will the sensitivity heal?
Recession: Can be caused by improper brushing technique or toothbrush, poorly positioned tooth, infection (gum disease), occlusal trauma, gum-line decay, and other reasons. You MUST see your Dentist before this gets worse. Temporarily use desensitizing toothpaste (on a very soft toothbrush) and fluoride oral rinse. ...Read more
Should I be worried about a deep filling still hurting at cold/hot temperatures or after I chew gum? It's been a month. I floss daily to help it heal.
Yes: There could be a number of reasons for your tooth still hurting. Since you stated that the filling was deep, the pulp could be irreversibly inflamed. If that is the case, it would require rot canal therapy. However, there could be other reasons, such as the occlusion being high. I would suggest going back to your dentist and have him/her evaluated the situation. ...Read more
How long will it take my gums to heal after crown lengthening? I want to have a crown lengthening procedure done to fix my smile and would like to know how long before my gums heal fully..
The: The initial healing will take place within ten days to two weeks, again depending upon the technique and extent of the procedure. If crowns or veneers are going to be placed in these areas, I like to allow approximately eight weeks for all healing and gum remodelling to occur. ...Read more
Remove the cause.: If the cause of receded gum is removed and done in the early stage, the receded gum either stop or reverse, thus eliminate the need for gingival graft. If the receded gum occur at the nonesthetic zone (can't see when your smile), remove the cause (never brush with hard toothbrush, only soft toothbrush) and no graft is needed. Consult with your dentist/periodontist. ...Read more
Crenation: Crenation causes bacterial cells to contract after exposure to a hypertonic solution, due to the loss of water through osmosis. This causes the bacterial cells to die, thereby decreasing bacterial counts and the toxins they release. The warm water also stimulates blood flow and cleanses the tissues. ...Read more
Trauma to teeth/gums: It's extremely important that you see your dentist right away. Trauma to teeth can result in fractures to teeth and other dental problems that you might not be aware of. After examining you and taking some x-rays to be sure, your dentist can tell you what to expect, if you need follow-up visits and how long it will take for everything to get back to normal. ...Read more
How can I help myself to heal my gum after a molar extraction. Still in lots of pain after 5 days.?
Visit your surgeon: 5 days after a third molar extraction you should still be sore, but starting to feel better. If this is the case continue following your post treatment instructions. Remember, you had a surgery involving sensitive bone and oral tissue. If you are in more pain, you may have a complication and should followup with your surgeon. ...Read more