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Sometimes an accident in the home or a sports injury can impact the mouth causing trauma to teeth and soft oral tissues. In a severe case you may need to apply some basic first aid while seeking emergency treatment.

If you have blood on your lips or face, you might be able to gently wipe it away with a wet washcloth. If you have blood or unwanted material in your mouth, it might be gently rinsed away with a little lukewarm saltwater, which might also help soothe traumatized soft tissues.

If any soft oral tissues have been harmed, you can lightly pack any bleeding tissues with a pad of sterile gauze. You should not attempt self-treatment. Any necessary measures will be handled by our skilled oral surgeonss when you come in for timely treatment.

Lightly holding a cold compress on the area might also help minimize swelling. If you need to a cold compress can be improvised by placing a bag of frozen vegetables in a zip-top bag wrapped in a tea towel.

Once you arrive at Oral Surgery of Tidewater our oral surgeons will examine the severity of the problem before providing you with an emergency treatment plan.

If you live in the Virginia Beach, Virginia, area and you or someone nearby has just suffered a significant oral trauma, we urge you to call (757) 544-9192 to seek treatment from Dr. Melvin Ford, Dr. Klaus Guter, or Dr. James Gray.