Injury to the gums, tongue or cheek lining caused by accidental bites, falls, sports injuries or burning liquids may need emergency treatment. These injuries should be rinsed with salt water and any visible debris should be removed. Use a clean damp cloth or material such as gauze to press on the area for 10 to 15 minutes to control bleeding. If bleeding continues and can’t be controlled go to the emergency room immediately.
Foreign bodies lodged below the gum line can develop into serious, painful, infected abscesses which require immediate attention at our dental office. You can try using dental floss or a tooth-pick to carefully work out the lodged body. If this isn’t easily possible, do not continue to try and remove it yourself. You risk damaging the area or increasing the likelihood of infection. Make a dental appointment so we can remove the object and treat the area.