If your gums are tender and inflamed-particularly if they are sore when you touch them-you could be dealing with an infection in the gum tissue.
This could be due to a number of issues, all of which require immediate attention.
Infections in the Gum Tissue
An infection can come about when you have injured your gum tissue and germs have gotten in. Whether this is from a cut, an impacted tooth, or some other source, the gum tissue has developed an infection and may be slightly warm to the touch. It may appear to be overly reddened, and may be sore when you probe it with your finger or toothbrush.
One particularly troublesome aspect of an infection in the gum tissue is the possibility of problems in other areas. Because your gum tissue is filled with blood vessels, an infection in the gum can cause toxins to circulate throughout your body, leading to infections in other areas.
What Should You Do?
If your gums are sore to the touch, you really should come see us right away. Let us take a close look at the problem, and we will help to determine the source of the matter.
Treatment for the problem will vary greatly depending on the cause. For a gum problem that is related to an impacted tooth, for example, we may recommend surgery to correct the matter. On the other hand, if the issue is related to a simple injury and infection, a simple course of antibiotics may prove to be sufficient to clear everything up.
Whatever you do, you should not ignore it if your gum is sore to the touch. There can be some serious issues at play, and you need to be sure to have them addressed. We are here to help you, so please don't hesitate to come see us.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (844) 281-6446 today.