Pain in the gums is a very common type of pain that people experience at some or other point during their lives: It can also be one of the worst and most uncomfortable types of pain you can be made to deal with – and certainly one of the most intolerable, especially where it’s related to needing an emergency procedure or having a chronic condition.
If you experience chronic and regular gum pain, then there’s almost certainly a chronic cause for it. There might be a variety of things causing it, ranging from tooth decay through to left-over tooth fragments after an improper extraction – it might also be conditions such as grinding causing your symptoms, and unless you see a doctor for an accurate diagnosis, you are likely not to find out.
Here are 14 frequent causes of gum pain that might tell you when it’s time to see your doctor or dentist.
An abscess generally means a fluid-filled growth that occurs due to an infection; while they can theoretically happen anywhere in the body, they are particularly common within the mouth – and anywhere teeth or gums might have been injured.
If you have an abscess in the gums, teeth or mouth, it’s likely that you will be able to feel it – and that pain and swelling will be the first symptoms that you feel. From there, you are also likely to experience other accompanying symptoms such as a feeling of permanent heat and a bad taste in the mouth – a fever is also almost certain in this case.
Abscesses are a huge risk for releasing the infection behind it into the bloodstream: This is particularly dangerous where the infection is left undiagnosed and untreated for too long.
For gum pain coupled with any of the aforementioned symptoms, see your doctor as soon as possible.