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Swollen gums with bruise after teeth extraction. Have braces. What can be done?

I just got braces maybe a week already. Before having the braces I have 2 extractions. After the extraction, my gums are really swollen and bruised. A week before putting my braces i got another tooth extraxtion for the last time, before putting the braces the gum of that extracted tooth was sort of healed but when i got my braces,after a day there is a small protruding gum on the space where my tootg was exrracted. It is not painful though but it kind of bothersome to see and touch. What should I do?
Thu, 2 May 2013
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Dentist 's  Response

Thanks for asking the query,

When you have braces on your teeth the Orthodontist will advise you to maintain a good oral hygiene so as to ensure that you keep your gums healthy. The best of brushing ans flossing techniques when used along with the braces on will ensure that your gums are not swollen.

Deep ultrasonic scaling followed by the course of antibiotics is required, use chlorhexidine mouthwash rinses twice daily.
For gingival hyperplasia i would advise you to get an OPG done to rule out extent of infection or boneloss if present and plan an appropriate treatment.

Hope this helps out.

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Dentist Dr. Bindiya Bhaskar's  Response
Hello mary,

The swollen gums after tooth extraction may be due to-Dry socket developed.
I would suggest you to maintain good oral hygiene.
Use warm saline and betadine to gargle frequently.
Rinse your mouth after every meals.
Braces can also hurt the extraction socket.
Take complete course of antibiotics too.
Apply zinc oxide eugenol or povidine iodine on the extraction socket.
Use chlorhexidine mouthrinse to gargle.
Take care
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