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How Long Do You Keep Pressure on an Oral Injury?

If you or your child has suffered from an injury to the face and it has knocked the tooth out or cracked the tooth and if its bleeding, you will need to keep pressure on an oral injury until the bleeding stops. Depending on what type of oral injury it is, it could take up to 10-15 minutes or longer for the bleeding to stop. Here at Charlotte Emergency Dental, we are one of the best dental offices in Charlotte, North Carolina and we strive to give our patients the best care possible. In this article we will be discussing oral injury’s and if they bleed how long to keep pressure on an oral injury.

Keep Pressure on an Oral Injury

If you or your child has suffered a blow to the face under the jaw it can cause them to bite their lip or tongue. These injuries can be associated with severe bleeding and can cause risk to the airway. If the blow to the face caused a tooth to be knocked out from a fall or a collision, performing quick and correct first aid will help save the tooth.  

If the tooth has been knocked out, please pick up the tooth by the crown and not the root. If there is any dirt or debris on the tooth wash it off with warm water. Be careful not to touch the root. After cleaning it try to fit the tooth back into the socket to keep the tooth alive. Take a piece of aluminum foil and wrap it around the tooth and bite down to keep pressure on an oral injury. You will need to come into the office within 30-60 minutes for the tooth to be saved. If you cannot get the tooth back into the socket, place the tooth in a warm cup of water to keep it moist until you get to the office.

Control Any Bleeding

If there is any bleeding from the mouth, you will need to first identify where the bleeding is coming from and then place some gauze or a small washcloth to the area and firmly keep pressure on an oral injury until the bleeding stops. If the bleeding is coming from a cut on the lip, place the cloth to the area and hold pressure for about 10-15 minutes.

If you need to have a tooth extracted and it bleeds we will ask you to bite down firmly on the gauze that we placed in your mouth. Keep pressure on it for about 10-20 minutes to allow a new clot to form. Here at Charlotte Emergency Dental in Charlotte, North Carolina we will be able to assist you with all of your dental injuries. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to call us. We’re always here to help in any way we can.

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