Our mouth consists of very soft, sensitive, and delicate tissues and when we suffer from an oral injury, it can be extremely painful. The soft tissues in your mouth are your tongue, cheeks, gums and your lips. Since these tissues are very delicate when we suffer from an oral injury that’s why the pain can be horrible. Here at Charlotte Emergency Dental we are one of the best dental offices in Charlotte, North Carolina and in this article, we will be discussing if your oral injury will need stitches.
The tissues in your mouth can be injured by a fall, if you accidently bite down on them, if you’re in a car accident, and if you eat or drink something that is really hot. Another thing that can cause an oral injury is chewing on any hard objects can cause damage to these delicate tissues. Here is a list of oral injury symptoms.
· If you have bleeding in your mouth.
· Any cuts or lacerations in your mouth.
· If you have flaps of tissue that have been exposed.
· Any puncture wounds from chewing on hard objects.
· If you have cuts on your lip or inside of your mouth.
Oral injury, especially bite injuries, rarely bleed. But when they do bleed it can seem like there is a lot of blood when there really isn’t and this is because when your blood mixes with your saliva it will seem like there is a lot of bleeding. In most cases the bleeding from the oral injury will stop in a matter of minutes but if you have deep lacerations in your mouth and if the bleeding doesn’t stop then you will need to come into the office right away so we can give you the proper medical treatment to stop the bleeding and this will consist of us looking inside your mouth, cleaning the wound, and we will determine if you will need to have stitches. You may also need a tetanus shot, depending on how the oral injury was made.
One of the first things you will need to do is thoroughly rinse your mouth out with warm saltwater or any kind of antiseptic mouthwash so the wound will be free of bacteria. If the bleeding continues you will need to firmly hold a piece of gauze or cloth to the oral injury for about 10-15 minutes to stop the bleeding. You can also hold ice around the area for 5-10 minutes and this will relieve your pain, slow down the bleeding, and will reduce any swelling. If the bleeding doesn’t stop, it could be a major oral injury and you will need to come into the office right away.
Here at Charlotte Emergency Dental in Charlotte, North Carolina we can treat all your oral injuries. We strive to give you the best patient care possible. If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hessite to call us or stop by for a visit. We are always here to help in any way we can.