A lip injury from a hard fall or blow to the face can be a serious cause for concern. A lip injury commonly causes some degree of swelling. A significant blow to the face could potentially split your lip or in extreme cases, cause you to even bite through your lip.
If there is excessive bleeding and pain, you should consider going directly to the emergency room. If you think you can treat it at home with basic first aid, there are a few practical tips that Kevin J. Reece, DDS offers to help you deal with a lip injury.
You will need to determine the extent of the injury to your lip, by wiping away any dried or excess blood with warm, wet washcloth. If you have blood or debris in your mouth you can rinse it away with lukewarm salt water.
Holding a cold compress on the area for 15 minutes at a time, can help to reduce swelling. However, you should not hold the cold compress to you lip for longer than 20 minutes as excess cold can also irritate or damage sensitive tissues. You can improvise a cold compress by placing crushed ice in a zip-top bag wrapped in a washcloth or tea towel.
If your lip continues to bleed, you can lightly press sterile gauze to the wound. If the bleeding hasn’t stopped after 15 to 20 minutes, then it probably warrants a trip to the emergency room. This usually means the wound requires professional treatment, and might even requires sutures or staples to seal the wound and allow it to heal.
If you would like to know more tips on how to handle common oral and dental emergencies, you can contact Kevin J. Reece, DDS at 801-465-4474 to set up a consultation.