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Can my nickel/silver allergy be the cause of my gums swelling around my braces, despite how often I brush my teeth/floss?

Can my nickel/silver allergy be the cause of my gums swelling around my braces, despite how often I brush my teeth/floss?

SS Band allergy?: It's more likely physical irritation and plaque accumulation although some individual may have a soft tissue reaction to foreign materials such as stainless steel bands. This should be discussed with your Orthodontist who can determine what's going on in your particular case and make suggestions and\or modifications if necessary. ...Read more

Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


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Is it normal to have swelled gums and some wounds when you have braces? What possible medicines or actions should I take to lessen the swelling?

Is it normal to have swelled gums and some wounds when you have braces? What possible medicines or actions should I take to lessen the swelling?

Yes: Wearing braces can be very challenging. Check with your dentist and make sure you also keep up with regular brushing and flossing to keep things meticulous. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have swelled gums and/or wounds when you have braces? How can I reduce the swelling? It hurs whenever I am eating. It's annoying.

Is it normal to have swelled gums and/or wounds when you have braces? How can I reduce the swelling? It hurs whenever I am eating. It's annoying.

See dentist: Swollen gums are not good & are an indication that you are not maintaining well. If they remain swollen throughout the entire treatment, you may end up with moderate gumline problems & decay.
My patients use electric toothbrush. They clean much better! Consider the oral b as they have many different style brush heads for you to choose from including one for orthodontics.
You may need a cleaning. ...Read more

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Help please. When I get my braces removed, will my gums stop swelling?

Help please. When I get my braces removed, will my gums stop swelling?

Wrong question: The question should be, "can I get the gum swelling to go down while I'm in braces? " removing braces will not cure infected gums. Removing bacteria will. Don't wait to address this until after your braces come off. Fix it now. Ask your orthodontist & your general dentist for hygiene help. They may want you to see a periodontist. ...Read more

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I have braces, the gums around my molar where the metal band is smells really bad and are swelling. What can I do?

I have braces, the gums around my molar where the metal band is smells really bad and are swelling. What can I do?

Water PIK: Have your orthodontist take a look.
Homecare can be challenging w braces.
In addition to brushing, a water pic is great in areas difficult to floss. ...Read more

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Why do gums swell and bleed sometimes after removing braces?

Why do gums swell and bleed sometimes after removing braces?

Gingivitis: Braces make cleaning your teeth more difficult. See your dentist to show you how to brush and floss properly and the bleeding gums should go away with proper hygiene. ...Read more

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Do braces cause your gums and cheeks to swell and hurt after a while?

Do braces cause your gums and cheeks to swell and hurt after a while?

Depends: If you are having a difficult time maintaining well, then, you could develop swelling due to gum line irritation, trapped food particles, plaque and tartar build up.

It is very important that patients with braces, become meticulous maintainers. The use of electric toothbrush and irrigator (waterpik) are especially beneficial.

Gumline problems and extensive decay can occur. ...Read more

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Can my wisdom teeth growing out cause my gums to swell (with braces)?

Can my wisdom teeth growing out cause my gums to swell (with braces)?

Yes: As they push their way out, the gum tissue over and around them can swell. ...Read more

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I have braces bcoz of spaces between my front teeth but suddenly d gums between it swell & it hurts when I brush it. I regularly brush & use mouthwash?

I have braces bcoz of spaces between my front teeth but suddenly d gums between it swell & it hurts when I brush it. I regularly brush & use mouthwash?

Orthodontist: Please speak to your orthodontist. As discussed in my prior answer to a similar post you made, since there is less space between your teeth, the gum tissue has been compressed in that area. Over time things should be fine. Great oral hygiene will help. ...Read more

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Braces, swelling, blood and puss after brace tightening. What does this seem like?

Braces, swelling, blood and puss after brace tightening. What does this seem like?

Infection: Probably gum infection, or could be abscessed tooth. Get back to the orthodontic specialist asap b before it gets worse. Orthodontist may have to refer you back to your dentist for rx, or on to a periodontist or an endodontist. ...Read more

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I hurt my lip at practice when my lip got hit onto my braces. How do I get take care of the swelling?

I hurt my lip at practice when my lip got hit onto my braces. How do I get take care of the swelling?

Mouth guard: An orthodontic mouth guard should be worn for all contact sports, including practice. Ice the injured area for 1st 24 hrs (on 10 minutes, off 10 minutes). After that use warm compresses. Take 1 200mg advil/motrin/ibuprofen every 4 hours with lots of food or liquids. Have your orthodontic specialist check you for tissue damage, tooth damage, and braces damage, all of which need immediate care. ...Read more

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My braces cut my lip a tiny cut and It swelled up big how long will the swelling last?

My braces cut my lip a tiny cut and It swelled up big how long will the swelling last?

24-48 hours: Swelling should go down within a day or so. I it is progressively getting worse you may have an infection although that would be very unusual on the lip. ...Read more

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I just had my braces on for 4 days. Today I start feel ache on my right jaw and cheeks. I realise my right jaw is swelling and it hurts alot.

I just had my braces on for 4 days. Today I start feel ache on my right jaw and cheeks. I realise my right jaw is swelling and it hurts alot.

Poor fit: This is likely due to poor fit of the braces and may have irritated the mouth enough to cause an infection in the gum. Please consult with your dentist. ...Read more

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I'm worried because my lip hit my braces and my braces created a hole into my lip and it is swollen today, how can I get rid of the swelling, what do you suggest?

Part of healing: Too late now to ice the traumatized area. Try warm compresses. Take 1 advil (ibuprofen) every 4 hrs w food/liquids to help bring down swelling. Keep tissues clean. Avoid spicy foods. Hopefully you're seeing an orthodontic specialist...Call the office now for appt to check tissues, teeth, and appliances for damage. ...Read more

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Will ibprofen help with gum swelling?

Will ibprofen help with gum swelling?

NO: No - you have a infection not just inflammation from injury (most likely).

You problably need periodontal treatmetn and better oral hygiene. ...Read more

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I swelling in gums after root canal normal?

I swelling in gums after root canal normal?

Yes: Anything may be normal after rc, pain, some swelling, etc, etc. Wait some days, it should be fine. ...Read more

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Will gum swelling go down after root canal?

Will gum swelling go down after root canal?

Yes should: Gum abscess usually would go away after rootcanal. Time varies depending on severity of infection. Get it checked if doesn't go after few weeks of root canal and taking antibiotics. ...Read more

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Have a gum infection and face keeps swelling?

Have a gum infection and face keeps swelling?

See a dentist ASAP: A gum infection won't go away without treatment and the infection may spread to your jaw, cheeks, sinus and to other areas of your head and neck. See your dentist ASAP. ...Read more

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Is dark red gums and swelling a sign of anything?

Is dark red gums and swelling a sign of anything?

Common gingivitis: Swollen, red and bleeding gums may be a sign that you are at risk for or already have gum disease. This is a serious problem, which should be checked by a dentist. You can typically get free or reduced fee dental care at dental schools, community clinics, and health centers. Do not delay, ...Read more

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Is it safe to remove a tooth even though the gum is swelling?

Is it safe to remove a tooth even though the gum is swelling?

Yes: The gum swelling may very well be part of the disease process that warrants removal of the tooth. If your health allows, and do not take any blood thinning medications, I see no contra-indication to removal of a tooth that has gum swelling. ...Read more

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Gum swelling and sensitivity. Looking for reason and solution plz?

Gum swelling and sensitivity. Looking for reason and solution plz?

Gingivitis?: If you noticed a swelling, sensitivity or frequent bleeding gums, it may be a sign that you are at risk for or already have gum disease. Gingivitis is a serious problem, which should be diagnosed professionally by a dentist. Do not delay, call a dentist ASAP. ...Read more

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What can I take for pain for symptoms of gum swelling and abseased tooth?

What can I take for pain for symptoms of gum swelling and abseased tooth?

A dose of reality: An abscess is a an acute infection and can lead to hospitalization or even death if left untreated. You need to seek treatment. Antibiotics and pain medication might help temporarily, but without treating the source of the infection, it will return and often more aggressively. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my gums are swelling around one tooth what can I do?

What do you suggest if my gums are swelling around one tooth what can I do?

Determine cause: Once the cause of the swelling is determined then proper care can be suggested. Please see a local dentist to be properly diagnosed. ...Read more

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My gums are swelling around one tooth. What can I do to reduce the swelling?

Not much: Swelling indicates infection, either of the tooth, the gum/bone that supports the tooth, or both. The infection requires professional care. Please call your Dentist. The sooner you address this the less the chance of complications. ...Read more

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Gum is swelling in lower right molars, should I schedule a dentist appointment?

Gum is swelling in lower right molars, should I schedule a dentist appointment?

Absolutely: Swelling is not normal. It indicates a problem which may be simple to treat or serious. Only with a one on one clinical exam and x-rays can a dentist determine what is wrong and then recommend appropriate treatment. Little problems usually become big problems if left untreated. Be smart and call for an appointment. ...Read more

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Gum swollen after root canal. Is this normal and how do I get the swelling down?

Gum swollen after root canal. Is this normal and how do I get the swelling down?

See the dentist: I would go back to see the dentist who performed the root canal. There may be an infection. The dentist can then best let you know how to manage this. ...Read more

Dr. Katharine Cox
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Braces (Definition)

They are used in orthodontics. The braces are put onto the teeth at precise anatomical locations, and wire runs through the braces and brings teeth into proper alignment. This is a very short answer for a very ...Read more


Dr. Patricia Foster
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Gums (Definition)

Gum are the pink soft tissue that forms a collar around our teeth, that collar acts as a gasket of sorts that protects the tooth roots and the bone that ...Read more