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Emergency Dentist: Soft Tissue Injuries

Visiting an emergency dentist can be stressful. It is especially stressful (and often painful) when the reason is a soft tissue injury. Keep reading to learn more about soft tissue injuries and what to do if you have one.

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What Is A Soft Tissue Injury?

The soft tissues inside your mouth include the tongue, cheeks, gums, and lips. Therefore, a soft tissue injury would involve any of these structures. According to the Cleveland Clinic, soft tissue injuries are often caused by dental trauma to the mouth, which can damage any of the soft tissues as well as your jaw and teeth.

Dental trauma can include:

  • Lacerations to the soft tissue(s)
  • Loose teeth
  • A dislocated jaw
  • A broken jaw
  • Teeth that come out
  • Teeth that are cracked or chipped
  • A tooth lodged deeper into the socket 

What Is The Best Treatment For A Soft Tissue Injury?

With any soft tissue injury, seeing a dentist as soon as possible is best. Depending on the severity, emergency dental care may be necessary. For example, if a tooth falls out or you suspect trauma to the jaw, immediate care is necessary. Call your dentist and follow their instructions.

Treatment will depend on the extent of the damage but may include the following:

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What Do I Do While I Am Waiting For Care?

If You’re Experiencing a Severe Dental Trauma That Includes the Following, You Should Go to the Nearest Hospital Emergency Room

  • Bleeding that won’t stop
  • Excessive pain, which isn’t helped with over-the-counter pain medication
  • Suspicion of broken or fractured bones in the face 

To Assist With the Pain While You’re Waiting To See an Emergency Dentist, Try the Following

  • Apply a cold compress to reduce swelling
  • Take over-the-counter pain relievers
  • Rinse your mouth with warm salt water
  • Use a piece of gauze for any bleeding 

If You’ve Experienced a Knocked-Out Tooth or a Broken/Chipped Tooth

  • For a knocked-out tooth: Locate the tooth and rinse it off with water — don’t touch the root, then place the tooth back into the socket, if you can. If it doesn’t fit back into your socket, keep the tooth inside your cheek to keep it moist. Seek emergency dental care as soon as possible. The dentist may be able to reimplant the tooth if you rush (usually within 30-40 minutes).
  • For chipped teeth: Try to locate the missing pieces. Call the dentist. 

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What Are The Differences Between Tooth Sensitivity, Damaged Teeth, And Soft Tissue Injuries?

A man holding his face in pain while experiencing a dental emergency.

When distinguishing between mild dental discomfort and a real dental emergency, it can be difficult to know if you need to seek emergency dental care or if you can wait and see a general dentist. Here are some things to consider:

Tooth Sensitivity 

According to the Cleveland Clinic, sensitive teeth tend to be caused by the outermost layer of your teeth (dentin) wearing out or the gums beginning to recede. Generally, this isn’t a huge cause for concern and results from normal wear and tear. However, sensitive teeth can also be a symptom of a cracked tooth, gum disease, or cavities. In any case, it’s best to make a dental appointment to ensure nothing is wrong and to discuss your options for reducing sensitivity. 

Broken or Chipped Tooth 

The Cleveland Clinic notes that although a broken or chipped tooth is more common with age, it can happen to anyone. Some dental cracks may not even cause symptoms but can still risk an infection. Therefore, if you see or are suspicious of a crack or chip in a tooth, it’s best to make a dentist appointment. This is also why it is best to see your dentist at least once a year to ensure there aren’t any hairline cracks you haven’t noticed.

Symptoms of a cracked tooth may include:

  • Pain with chewing or biting
  • Irregular pain in a tooth
  • Sensitivity to temperature and sweets
  • Swelling around a specific tooth/teeth 

Soft Tissue Injury 

Dental trauma caused by car accidents, sports injuries, falls, fights, etc., can potentially cause soft tissue injuries that can be severe. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), soft tissue damage requires immediate medical/dental care to stop excessive bleeding, alleviate pain, reduce the risk of infection, and prevent swelling that may become severe enough to block the airway.

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Soft Tissue Injury FAQs

According to the National Library of Medicine, minor lacerations to the soft tissue should heal sufficiently within 7 to 14 days. Soft tissue healing from a more extensive procedure such as dental implants can take 6-8 weeks

Absolute Dental understands that dental emergencies can happen to anyone — even the uninsured. Ask them about our Smile Saver program to see what your options are. 

Soft tissue injuries can be scary, painful, and overwhelming. By seeking emergency dental care, you can preserve your smile and be on the mend in no time. You can even book online at Absolute Dental to get the care you need.

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