· Using a bigger in- between brush will hurt but this should settle as you do it more… you will probably get a lot of bleeding too, again this will stabilise as the gum starts to recover.
· Warm salt mouthwashes may also help (but as well as not instead of the in- between brushes) as mechanical removal of plaque is really the only way to settle inflamed gums.
· Corsodyl mouthwash may also be useful (beware allergies to chlorhexidine/ staining ) and only use for 1 week maximum !
And remember, stick with your routine if/ when the pain settles, as it will soon come back if the habit stops!!
Pain associated with wisdom teeth
Problems with upper and lower wisdom teeth often arise due to food packing around the gum next to them. This is called pericoronitis and is often worse when teeth are not fully through (erupted). The gum swells and becomes inflamed ,then you bite on it and the problem becomes worse.
If you have difficulty swallowing or swelling in your cheek, you may need antibiotics. Call your dentist or 111.
Unfortunately, non-urgent dental care will have to wait until the situation with COVID-19 has stabilised.
• Loose or lost fillings ,crowns, bridges, or veneers (with no pain)
• Broken, rubbing or loose dentures
• Chipped teeth with no pain
• Loose orthodontic or retainer wires: wear your removable retainers to stop teeth moving back into their pre-treatment position
• Detached orthodontic brackets in patients having short-term cosmetic straightening: the bracket usually stays on the wire as it’s tied in on with an elastic band but, if it falls off, please keep it safe in a small box until your next appointment.
• If the wire comes out of the silver slots on back teeth, use tweezers to gently tease it back in.
• Try to keep your tongue and fingers away, otherwise you will get ulcers and can make the problem a lot worse.
• If you have some orthodontic wax, try softening a small piece and popping onto the end of the offending bit, to cushion and protect.
Unfortunately, COVID-19 may mean that your braces will have to stay on longer than usual but when we are allowed to carry out routine appointments again, we will endeavour to offer you a priority slot.
If you need further advice or help, please call the practice for further information on 01270 876026.
With all our best wishes for your safety and health at this difficult time, Aliya, Michael, Lauren and Ally xxx
(The Team at Lawton Dental Care)