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A dental emergency can happen to your mouth, just like any other part of the body. A blow to the face or a hard fall can potential split your lip or cause you to bite it very hard. A severe injury usually requires a trip to the emergency room. If your injured lip isn’t serious, but you would like advice on how to properly manage it you can call us at 908-509-4428 for advice.

If your lip is bleeding or has a lot of dried blood on it, you can use a warm, wet washcloth to gently wipe away blood. This will also help you determine extent of the damage. If you have blood or debris in your mouth you can use lukewarm salt water to rinse it away and help soothe injured tissues.

There is a lot of blood flow and soft tissues in your lip. It’s not uncommon for an injured lip to also experience a little swelling. You can reduce swelling by holding a cold compress to your lip for 15 minutes at a time. You can make a cold compress by placing crushed ice in a zip-top bag wrapped in a washcloth or tea towel.

If bleeding persists, you lightly press sterile gauze to the wound for 15 to 20 minutes. If the bleeding hasn’t stopped by then or the injured part of your lip opens up, you should strongly consider going to the emergency room. This usually means the wound will require further treatment and possibly stitches.

If you have questions about the best way to handle the issue or would like to schedule an appointment should call us at 908-509-4428.