Soft Tissues Injuries in the Mouth
Soft Tissue Injuries Treatment Applecross
Aside from our teeth, the mouth is also home to soft tissues, such as the gums, tongue, cheeks, and lips.
These soft tissues are composed of several blood vessels; that, when injured, bleed easily and heavily.
Injuries in the soft tissues such as cuts, punctures, bruises, and lacerations result from biting down or chewing on something hard, vehicular accidents, playing contact sports, and burns from eating or drinking something very hot.
Soft Tissues Injuries and their Causes
The soft tissues in the mouth contain several blood vessels; hence, whenever they are injured, blood is involved. They bleed quite easily and copiously, sometimes making injuries appear much worse than they are.
From sports-related causes merely biting down on them, these soft tissue injuries could be:
- Puncture wounds
- Tissue flaps
- Cuts to the lips
These injuries can be caused by:
- Sports accidents
- Work-related accidents
- Vehicular accidents
- Biting down too hard
- Sharp and/or hard food
What To Do
Soft tissues injuries in the mouth may take place with or without damage to the teeth. Rinse the mouth with lukewarm saltwater. If foreign materials are present, try removing them by hand or by swishing vigorously with lukewarm saltwater.
If there is an open wound, bleeding can be controlled by applying pressure with damp gauze or a wet tea bag. If bleeding can’t be controlled within 10-15 minutes, or severe pain or disorientation, go to an emergency room.
Otherwise, schedule an appointment to see your Applecross dentist within 6 hours of the injury.
Soft Tissue Injuries Treatment in Applecross
If you have a soft tissue injury in the mouth, call your Applecross dentist right away to address the injury and prevent further damage or infection.
Same-Day Dental Emergency Appointment Available in Applecross
For soft tissue injuries in the mouth in the Applecross area, call us on (08) 9316 0555.
We are located at 729 Canning Hwy in Applecross WA.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the soft tissues in the mouth?
The soft tissues in the mouth are delicate and sensitive. They can be injured when you accidentally bite down on them, fall, face an accident, or eat something too hot or hard.
What are the causes of inflammation in the soft tissues?
Inflammation is usually caused by gum disease, which occurs when your body tries to remove the bacteria that cause gum infections.
How do you heal the inside of your mouth?
- Rinse your mouth with lukewarm saltwater after eating.
- Eat a soft diet.
- Avoid eating salty or spicy foods and citrus fruits or juices, as these can irritate the affected area and worsen the injury.
- Apply a topical medication to reduce mouth pain.