Posted on 6/25/2018 by Implant & Periodontal Associates NW
If you have injured your gum tissue, you may be concerned with the amount of bleeding that you are seeing. Whether the bleeding is due to an accidental injury or a deliberate action, such as surgery, we frequently hear from patients who are wondering whether it is normal to bleed as much as they are.
The good news is that you should usually not be concerned about bleeding that seems to be heavier than what you would expect. Injuries and trauma to the head tend to bleed more than other parts of the body. (Of course, if the bleeding is severe, you should contact us or another medical provider right away so you can be certain that nothing is wrong).
While the gum tissue is among the fastest healing tissue in the body, it does tend to bleed rather heavily following trauma. To stop the bleeding, there are a few things you can try.
First, apply direct pressure to the area. You want to do what you can in order to minimize the flow of blood to the site of the wound. Don't press so hard that you completely cut off blood circulation, but a gentle, firm pressure will frequently be enough.
Also, apply a cool compress. While putting ice in direct contact with the tissue, probably isn't the best idea because it can injure you, try wrapping ice in a moist cloth and placing that near the injury. You can also place it against the outside of the face in the area where the trauma is. The cool temperature will radiate through the tissue, reducing bleeding.
Questions? We treat many patients with a variety of gum trauma issues. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We're here to help you.
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