First-Aid Tips for Maxillofacial Trauma

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An accident or sports injury can cause damage to your mouth and the surrounding area. In some severe cases this you may suffer injuries to the teeth and the soft tissues of your mouth.
Applying some basic first aid measures can reduce pain and the chances of complications, however you also need to make an appointment to see our dentist, Dr. Ali Nia.

You can gently wipe away excess blood with a wet washcloth. You can also applying light pressure to the wound with sterile gauze bandage. You should wash away blood can debris with a lukewarm saltwater solution. You can manage swelling by lightly holding a cold compress to the area for up to 20 minutes at a time. If you don’t have one on hand, you can improvise a cold compress with a bag of frozen vegetables, or a plastic bag with ice, wrapped in a washcloth or tea towel. If you are in pain, try taking an over-the-counter pain medication, and you can talk with our dentist about using a topical analgesic. After assessing the severity of the oral trauma Dr. Ali Nia will present you with a treatment plan. This might include suturing the affected tissues, and treating any damaged teeth.

If you are in the Mesa, Arizona, area, and you have recently suffered a significant oral trauma, you need to call 480-730-0500 to seek emergency treatment from the oral care specialist at Mesa Dental Care.