dental care


Question by  clever6242 (29)

Why do I have white gums after dental surgery?


Answer by  Sticky (363)

Dental local anaesthetic contains a vasoconstrictor (blood vessel constrictor)to prevent the anaesthetic being carried away by the bloodstream too quickly. Less blood means less pink and explains the tempory white.


Answer by  tamarawilhite (17883)

White gums occur when there is poor circulation in that area. It can also mean that the gums are bruised. If the gums are white more than four days after dental surgery, contact the dentist.


Answer by  time2k6 (16)

Usually its because the dentist or surgeon has given you a form of medicine that restricts blood flow to your mouth. They do this to reduce blood loss and bleeding during and after your surgery.


Answer by  JB45 (30)

One of the things that can cause white gums after dental surgery is the use of lidocaine with epinephrine to numb the surgical site. This is used as the "epi" causes vasodilation and reduces the blood flow to the area, so the doctor can "see" where he's numbed.


Answer by  Liz59 (10966)

Well, it could just be a temporary effect because the blood flow has been rushed to your brain. Don't worry it is temporary.


Answer by  steved (14)

The tissue may blanch or turn white when the crown is cemented in. The crown may be showing through and gives the gums a white shadow underneath as well.


Answer by  Katsescape (90)

This could be an effect of the gums natural healing process. It could also indicate damage to gums that is not healing properly. If your gums do not look more normal in a few days you should call your dentist.


Answer by  ktow70 (305)

because if the dentist used an anesthetic with epinephrine in your gums for the surgery this epinephrine can clot the blood vessels in certain areas of you mouth and can cause the gums to look a whitish color but this should only be temporary until the anesthetic wears off.

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