Injuries to the soft tissues, which incorporate the tongue, cheeks, gums and lips, can result in bleeding. Therefore, they require emergency treatments. To control the bleeding, here’s what to do:
Rinse your mouth with a mild salt-water solution.
Use a soaked bit of cloth or a tea bag to apply pressure to the bleeding site. Hold set up for 15 to 20 minutes.
For both, control bleeding and soothe pain, hold an icy pack on the outside of the mouth or the cheek around the affected territory from 5 to 10 minutes.
If the bleeding doesn’t stop, see your dentist right away. Continue to apply pressure to the bleeding site with the gauze until you can get treated.
There are only a few true orthodontic emergencies. Which includes:
Trauma or injury to the teeth faces or mouth
Infection or swelling of the gums, mouth or face
Extreme, unmanageable distress or pain in these areas
In any of these situations, you should seek help at the earliest opportunity — go to an emergency room, if that’s your best option. However, the place to start is with your regular dentist. If, for example, you have a fractured tooth, your dentist will treat the immediate problem and arrange for the tooth restoration; afterwards, your orthodontic treatment plan can be adjusted as needed. Likewise, serious pain or swelling could be an indication of infection or disease, which a dentist or periodontist is best able to treat.