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Bleeding after an accident

About bleeding after an accident:

Injuries to the mouth and oral area can bleed profusely, but often such injuries can be treated at home.

If your child is bleeding from his or her mouth, take the following steps:

  • If bleeding is coming from the gums or other areas of the mouth, use a soft, clean towel to apply gentle pressure. The bleeding should stop within a few minutes.
  • If bleeding does not stop within 10-15 minutes, take your child to an emergency room to check for possible blood disorders.
  • If there is any bleeding, and/or the tooth is loose or in a different position, call our office for an immediate evaluation. Dr. Evan will need to take a baseline film to check for root damage, and instruct you on how to care for and monitor the tooth from home.
  • Check for loose, broken, crooked or missing teeth.
  • For loose teeth, see LOOSE TOOTH.
  • For crooked teeth, see TOOTH PUSHED OUT OF PLACE (LUXATION TYPE INJURY).
  • For missing teeth, see KNOCKED OUT OR AVULSED PERMANENT TOOTH.
  • You may give your child children’s acetaminophen (Tylenol®) or ibuprofen (Motrin®) if he or she is in pain. A topical antibiotic (bacitracin) may be applied to external cuts and scratches to help prevent an infection.

Call us for a followup appointment if any of the following occurs:

  • The bleeding has stopped, but the area continues to bother your child.
  • A tooth or teeth appear to be very loose and are not tightening after a reasonable amount of time.
  • Any symptoms worsen over time.

After a trauma, the affected tooth or teeth may discolor over time. This may occur in the following days, weeks, or months after the initial trauma. It does not always indicate that the tooth needs to be removed.

However, if you notice any of the following symptoms, call our office for an evaluation:

  • Complaints of dental pain.
  • A “bubble” or abscess on the gums near the traumatized tooth.
  • Constant fidgeting, touching, or avoiding the tooth.

Visit an emergency room immediately if any of the following symptoms are present:

  • Chills, fever, or vomiting
  • Any facial swelling
  • Difficulty walking or change in gait
  • Severe increase in swelling or pain
  • Inability to swallow or keep liquids down
  • Bleeding that does not stop even after continued pressure for 20 minutes