Oral trauma can come in a variety of forms and range in severity. This includes damage to teeth, periodontal tissues, and other soft tissues in the mouth. In these situations, applying some basic first-aid measures can help manage discomfort while assessing the need for professional treatment.
Clearing blood and unwanted debris from your mouth can help you get a better view of the traumatized area. A gentle saltwater rinse can help clean your mouth without causing undue irritation to any injures soft tissues.
You should avoid rinsing with milk, antiseptic mouthwash, or other harsh liquids. These things could shock the injured area exacerbating the pain and leading to other complications. After assessing the trauma to your teeth and soft oral tissues, you can then call Dr. J. Whitley Wills’s clinic to seek further first-aid advice or to seek emergency treatment.
You might be able to mitigate some of the pain from the oral trauma by rubbing your gums with a topical oral anesthetic, or some over the counter anti-inflammatory medication. Just keep in mind that these are only temporary measures and should not be used as a treatment plan.
If you are in the Memphis, Tennessee, area and you have suffered a significant oral trauma you should call 901-726-9525 to seek emergency treatment with Dr. J. Whitley Wills and the oral care specialists here at our clinic today!