A dental trauma the is any event which creates a violent impact with your face or jaw, resulting in a damaged or broken tooth. If you have experienced a dental trauma you should come see us right away. In the meantime, you are probably concerned with the bleeding that you may be experiencing.
Remember, although a tooth might look like a lifeless piece of bone from the outside, it is actually very much alive. And, as with the Everett art of your body that is living, it has blood vessels running through it in order to supply it with the blood and nutrients that it needs to survive. As such, it stands to reason that when a tooth is broken, there may be some bleeding involved.
Fortunately, bleeding that results from dental trauma is not overly dangerous to you. While it is certainly disconcerting, it is highly unlikely that you will face in any serious effects from the bleeding alone. Nevertheless, in order to stop the bleeding, there are a few things you can do.
First, gently apply pressure with a clean cloth or cotton swab. This will help to keep the blood from flowing freely, and will assist in the natural clotting process. Do not apply pressure if doing so causes you more pain. You do not want to do anything that might further damage the tooth or surrounding tissue.
Secondly, you may want to apply an ice pack to the affected area. The decrease in temperature will help to numb the pain, and will also cause the blood vessels to constrict—meaning that there will be less bleeding.
Of course, you should not apply ice directly to the tissue, as doing so could cause a cold injury. Rather, wrap the ice pack in a cloth and apply that to the area. If the trauma is on the side of your mouth, you may want to apply the ice pack to the outside of the face.
Finally, come see us at Charlotte Emergency Dental right away so we can help fix you up!