Mint Dental SE1

Swollen Gums

Gums that are so sensitive that they disrupt your day-to-day, making it difficult to eat or manage your oral hygiene, require immediate attention from an emergency dentist.

You’ll need an urgent dental appointment for swollen gums if:

  • Your gums are extremely tender and sore.
  • Your teeth are becoming loose or falling out.
  • You notice ulcers or red patches in your mouth.
  • Injury to your soft tissues in the gums or cheek.

Gum disease can quickly become a dental emergency if the swelling is extreme and visible around your teeth or if the swelling is localised to a bump in a particular area.

Swollen gum treatments

  • Most infections or swelling can be managed with a course of antibiotics.
  • A deep dental clean might be recommended to scale and remove bacteria causing the swelling.
  • Osseous surgery might be applicable to reduce the pockets around your teeth or laser gum surgery to clean under the gum line thoroughly.
  • If hypersalivation is a cause of increasing bacteria in the mouth, we can make lifestyle changes and advice on certain medications to reduce saliva production.

Dentists for swelling and inflamed gums

When gums are sore and tender, gum disease is often the easiest culprit to blame. But without visiting us, we’ll be unable to detect if other serious issues are the cause.

For example, soft tissue damage could be another likely candidate causing the pain in your gums, or it could be an infection like an abscess, which, if left untreated, can have serious consequences.

Your emergency appointment fee covers:

  • 3D imaging software allows us to see what’s really going on.
  • Appointments are faster and diagnoses are more accurate.
  • Treatment is completed on the day for an additional cost.
  • Prescriptions and X-rays included
  • Patients can be seen within 2 hours of their call.


“I’ve had problems with my gums for most of my adult life, but last night they were throbbing so much that I couldn’t sleep through the pain or irritation. Phoned Mint in the morning and they booked me in for an appointment for two hours later. Happy with the treatment, and my gums stopped throbbing and were managed with antibiotics and then regular cleaning appointments. Thanks again Mint.” Eliza, London

You'll be the top of our list

  • Ten emergency appointments are reserved daily.
  • Specialist dentists are on-call to deal with your emergency.
  • Out-of-hours phone line to push you to the top of the queue.
  • Practice is open on weekends and late evenings.
  • Walk-in patients are welcomed, but it’s best to check just in case we’re over run.
  • On-site CEREC machine to fit, repair or replace modern dental crowns.
  • Sedation dentistry options like IV, inhalation and oral sedation for anxious patients.

Dental tip: While you’re waiting for your appointment, improve your comfort by applying a cold compress to the outside of your mouth or cheek. Avoid rubbing anything on your gums, even if you’re desperate for relief as they can irritate the situation more and burn your gum tissue.

The nearest tube is Elephant & Castle. Parking on Colnbrook Street, SE1 6EZ.

Andrew Forysth
Andrew Forysth
4 years a customer and always professional yet friendly service. Corrected my major issues (fillings/caps) and while they're keen to ensure ongoing 'perfect teeth' they don't hard sell peripheral / optional treatments. Highly recommended
Lucy MacCarthy
Lucy MacCarthy
I was looking for somewhere with a personal touch, that I could trust and that’s what I got at Mint. They always remember my name and are so polite. After a year of zoom meetings I really wanted my teeth to be straight and the results completely surpassed my expectations. I now feel comfortable taking photos! The team explained everything clearly (I felt I could ask anything multiple times) appointments were always organised and it was a really easy, worthwhile process. My teeth look like my teeth but are now at their best.
Jack Bell
Jack Bell
The clinic is a really lovely place to visit - it is extremely clean and all of the staff are very friendly. They were kind and reassuring all the way through my Invisalign treatment - as well as having amazing technology at their disposal. Dr Imran is so accommodating and kept everything simple, addressing any concerns straight away. All in all I would definitely recommend Mint Dental Clinic, a lovely experience all round.
Mitos Sangil
Mitos Sangil
Dr Patel has done very good job. He explains the procedure very well. He is very skilled. Staff are very friendly and accommodative. I booked for emergency procedure and the team are so quick to respond. The clinic is also very clean. Over all , I highly recommend Mint Clinic in St Georges road to everyone who gets problem with their teeth. 👏👏👏👍👍👍
Cesar Vicente
Cesar Vicente
Amazing experience at Mint dental clinic. Dr R Patel best dentist that has worked on my teeth.He explained all the treatment and has lots of experience. The staff is very friendly and very welcoming. They make you feel right at home. Assistant is very professional and very personable. Really happy with my Invisalign journey and the result.
Charlotte Fox
Charlotte Fox
Best dentist I’ve ever had! Have completed a year of Invisalign with Dr Patel and he has been so reassuring and kind throughout. From the reception staff to hygenists they really go above and beyond to make you feel looked after and special. I couldn’t recommend them enough!
Thomas Geoffrey
Thomas Geoffrey
Over the past six years Dr Raj and Preanka and all of the team at Mint have been exceptional. Every member of the team is exemplary at their expertise and I've never felt in better hands at the dentist. Affordable and top of the range, I would recommend them to anyone.
Mose Aitch
Mose Aitch
Excellent dental practice. A very smartly turned-out surgery. Staff are polite and very professional. I am impressed with the modern teeth scanning equipment. Dr Raj Patel will put you at ease. He is highly professional dentist. I have no problem in recommending Dr Patel and the rest of the Mint team.