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Pain in the teeth, swollen gums. Is there an infection?

I went to the dentist earlier in the week. I had a tooth that was hurting and swollen gums . The xray revealed nothing and he thought it was my bite. He filed down the tooth and sent me on my way. I am in allot of pain now. I take aleve but have trouble couping. I will have to miss work tomorrow and see my dentist again. My gums on the upper left side are very swollen, painful and may be infected. My jaw is throbbing and I still think the tooth may be infected. What do you think? Thanks
Asked On : Thu, 7 Mar 2013
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Dentist 's  Response

Thanks for posting your query.
Since your gums are swollen,there is chance of periapical infection.

Usually x-ray will reveal such infections.
If periapical abscess occurs,teeth has to be root-canal treated,the abscess has to be drained out and curetted.
Deep scaling and root planning has to be done to prevent gingivitis.
maintain good oral hygiene.
brush your teeth twice daily using toothbrush.
rinse your mouth after every meals.
chlorhexidine mouthrinses can prevent plaque accumulation.
take care
Answered: Thu, 7 Mar 2013
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Dentist Dr. Khushboo Bhatia's  Response

Toothache and swolen gums can occur for a variety of reasons including dental decay,cracked teeth,mouth injury,food caught in the teeth,gingivitis,scurvy and harsh dental care products.Place an ice pack up against your cheek, or suck on an ice cube for about 15 minutes approximately three times a day.Swallow a pain reliever such as ibuprofen, aspirin or acetaminophen to ease pain and inflammation caused by swollen gums or a toothache. Follow the package directions for recommended dosages.
Answered: Fri, 8 Mar 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement Dr. Saurabh Gupta's  Response
Feb 2014
thanks for posting your query,
you might be having some infection
start brushing twice daily with mild brush in a circular manner.
use warm saline rinses (half cup Luke warm water + half tbs table salt). rinse with it every day twice after brushing.
some time bleeding is due to vit. C Deficiency, increace intake of citrus fruits and salads .
or take vit c supplements.
bleeding can also b there due to hormonal changes.
visit a dentist for TEETH cleaning
Answered: Fri, 8 Mar 2013
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Dentist Dr. Qazi Ammara's  Response
hi ,
thanks for asking query,
swollen gingiva can occur due to many conditions like periapical infection , improper oral hygiene ,
vitaminC deficiency , hormonal changes , use of certain drugs . you can get an x-ray done to evaluate the periapical condition . you can take analgesics to relieve the pain.
Answered: Fri, 8 Mar 2013
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