Posted by Jen
on May 01, 2000 at 08:14:46:
In Reply to: swollen gums posted by Christi on April 27, 2000 at 12:45:49:
Im not sure on why you have the bruised feeling, is it in the area of the local anesthetic? Perhaps the shot left you feeling sore.
Sometimes, if the gum around a tooth has a 'pocket' a piece of tartar that had been removed may still be left loose down in that pocket. It just needs to be removed. Could be entirely coincidental as well. Perhaps you ate something, such as popcorn or foods containing seeds (like tomoatoes) which became stuck beneath the gum. Do your best to get the area clean with the brush and floss. Try using listerine or warm salt water rinses to see if that helps.
If you see no improvement or the pain gets worse, call your dentist.