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Reno Dental Emergencies: Soft Tissue Injuries

Whether it’s an injury from a sporting accident, a car accident, or a gum injury from a toddler fall, seeing an emergency dentist for a soft tissue injury can be stressful and, often, painful. Keep reading to learn more about soft tissue dental injuries.

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What Is A Soft Tissue Injury?

As the name suggests, soft tissue is tissue that isn’t hard or calcified, such as teeth and bones. The soft tissues of the mouth include the cheeks, lips, tongue, and gums. So, a mouth injury that involved any of these structures would be considered a dental soft tissue injury.

According to the Cleveland Clinic, soft tissue dental injuries are often caused by trauma to the mouth, which can damage any of the soft tissues as well as your teeth and jaw bone.  

Mouth injuries caused by dental trauma can include:

  • Cuts, gashes, or bruising to the soft tissue(s)
  • Teeth that become loose
  • One or more cracked or chipped teeth
  • One or more teeth are forced deep into the socket
  • Teeth that come out
  • A dislocated jaw
  • A broken jaw 

According to the American Dental Association (ADA), severe soft tissue injuries require immediate medical/dental attention. Seeking quick medical/dental attention prevents infection, controls excessive bleeding by closing the wound, alleviates pain, and prevents further swelling that has the potential to block the airway in severe cases. 

What Kind Of Treatment Can I Expect For A Soft Tissue Injury?

Depending on the type of injury and the severity, immediate medical attention may be necessary. For example, if head trauma or broken facial bones are suspected, a trip to the emergency room is crucial. However, emergency dental care is a better bet in cases where the mouth is mostly affected. For example, if a tooth comes out or is cracked or chipped, getting immediate dental care may save the appearance of your teeth.

According to the Cleveland Clinic, dental treatment for soft tissue injuries varies based on the extent of the damage. Services to fix soft tissue injuries may include the following:

  • Dental fillings
  • Dental crowns
  • Reimplantation
  • Root canal
  • Dental extraction
  • Dental implants

What To Do If You Have Experienced Severe Damage To A Tooth Or A Tooth Has Come Out

  • Chipped/cracked teeth: Locate the missing pieces if you can. Call the dentist ASAP.
  • Knocked-out tooth/teeth: Find the tooth and rinse it off with water (don’t touch the root). If you can, gently put the tooth back in the socket. If the tooth won’t fit back in the socket, place it inside your cheek to keep it moist. Get to the dentist immediately, as you only have less than an hour before the tooth is significantly less likely to be able to be reimplanted.  
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How Do I Know If I Need Emergency Care?

If you have experienced severe dental trauma that includes the following, you should go to the nearest emergency room immediately:

  • Unstoppable bleeding
  • Intense pain that isn’t helped with over-the-counter pain medication
  • Suspicion that one or more of the bones in your face are fractured or broken 

How To Stop Gum Bleeding After An Injury

According to the Cleveland Clinic, if the bleeding from a gum injury does not stop after following these steps, apply pressure with clean gauze and get to an emergency dentist or emergency room immediately.

To stop your gums from bleeding try these steps:

  • Rinse your mouth with salt water
  • Apply pressure with clean gauze for 15-20 minutes
  • Apply an ice pack or cold compress to the outside of your cheek in the affected area for 10 minutes 

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Soft Tissue Injury FAQ

According to Colgate, gums do not grow back. However, several procedures can be performed to make your gum line more even after an injury such as gum contouring or gum grafting (when tissue from the roof of your mouth is used to fill in missing gum tissue).

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Seeing a dentist after soft tissue injuries is important for optimal oral health. Soft tissue injuries left untreated can result in dental or health complications in the future. In some cases, they can even result in losing teeth and severe infections. At Absolute Dental, you will find emergency dental services and great deals on exams, X-rays, braces, cleanings, dental implants, and Reno wisdom teeth extractions.

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