Soft Tissues Injuries In The Mouth

Common Soft-Tissue Injury

The soft tissues in your mouth are the gums, lips, tongue, and cheeks. Each is very sensitive and can be injured by even a small accident. The following are the common causes of soft tissue injuries.

  • Forceful blow or impact to the face

  • Work related accidents

  • Sports accidents

  • Vehicular accidents

  • Hard or sharp food

Soft tissues injuries could be:

  • Cuts

  • Bruises

  • Lacerations

  • Punctures

First Aid Steps

In case of an injury to your soft tissue, follow the following steps:

  • Remove all foreign materials by rinsing your mouth thoroughly. Use an antiseptic mouthwash or a salt-water solution. For the saline solution, dissolve 1/2 teaspoon of salt to eight ounces of lukewarm water. Use this to rinse your mouth several times.

  • Apply direct pressure on the injured area by pressing a clean absorbent material to the area for 10-15 minutes to control bleeding.

  • To reduce swelling, apply cold compress.

  • Call and visit your dentist immediately.

The soft tissues may bleed substantially a few minutes after an injury. This ebbs and stops after administering first aid steps. However if the bleeding continues, this could mean a more serious injury to your soft tissues.

Treatment At Ulladulla Dental Centre

Most soft tissues injuries are minor and do not need extensive treatment from a dentist. The injured area is usually cleaned thoroughly to avoid any infection.

In serious accidents, stitches might be needed to close the wound and stop the bleeding.

Same Day Dental Emergency Appointment At Ulladulla Dental Centre

In case of a dental emergency, call and visit your trusted Ulladulla Dental Centre team. We have a same-day emergency appointment to relieve you of your pain as soon as possible.

Call (02) 4412 7877 or visit us at Suite 3/114 Princes Highway Ulladulla

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.