Everyone at one point in their lives has suffered through some form of a soft tissue injury in their mouths. In all reality, it is quite easy to experience a soft tissue injury, and also incredibly easy to recover from one depending on the nature and severity of the injury. These injuries can be incredibly painful due to the very nature of soft tissue. Soft tissue is incredibly delicate and can be very sensitive depending on the person. Because of this different every day events can injure the soft tissue in your mouth, such as biting down too hard on it, eating food that is too hot, falling down and landing on your face and especially the mouth region, and any accident that injures the gums and lining of your mouth. There are several things that you can do to help these injuries heal quickly as well as things your dentist can do to help move along the healing process.
Some home remedies for these injuries have been known to nip the problem in the bud and let you move on with your life. Rinsing your mouth using a mild saltwater solution will clean the affected area of any blood or food and also helps sterilize the area(s) to prevent any possibility of infection. When using this method, put only half a teaspoon of salt for every 8 ounces of water for maximum results. These injuries can be incredibly painful due to the nature of oral soft tissue. In order to bring down swelling and reduce pain, try holding an ice cube against the afflicted area using intervals of 10-15 minutes. This can be very uncomfortable at first, but is very beneficial in the long run. If the bleeding doesn’t stop within the first ten minutes of injury, try holding some gauze against the area for about 10 minutes. If you don’t have gauze, any kind of clean material will work. These injuries tend to bleed and when it’s mixed in with saliva it can seem like more blood than it really is. If the injury is bleeding more than necessary or you feel as though it may need immediate medical attention, it is a good idea to go see an oral surgeon or a doctor.
Most dentists can help with these kinds of injuries, but an oral surgeon is preferable. What oral surgeons and doctors do with these kinds of injuries is clean the area of any kind of debris or food and check to make sure none of your teeth are loose. Although stitches are hardly ever needed for injuries of this nature, oral surgeons can stitch the area if it is very large. Oral surgeons also will most likely prescribe an antibiotic and oral pain medication in order to ward off any kind of infection and to keep the pain to a minimum. Unless your injury is incredibly severe or won’t stop bleeding, you should not have to go see an oral surgeon or a doctor.