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Can Soft Tissue Damage be Permanent? What Can a Dentist Do?

Posted on 6/15/2024 by Madison Family Dental
a close up of healthy gums and pearly teethThe oral soft tissues, which include the cheeks, tongue, and lips, are of great importance, just as the teeth and gums. Oral soft tissue injury may be due to self-biting accidentally, contact with hot foods, or dental operations. Understanding this cause of potential permanent damage, what to do, and how to treat this problem is essential for maintaining oral health.

Is Soft Tissue Damage Permanent?

The soft tissue heals quickly in the mouth, as it is one area well supplied with blood. However, there are some instances where permanent conditions will occur. For example, deep lacerations destroying nerves or large blood vessels will cause lifelong problems. Chronic diseases, such as repeated trauma from ill-fitting dentures or persistent infection, can also lead to significant changes, including scarring or even precancerous conditions.

What Can a Dentist Do to Help?

Here are a few ways in which a dentist may be helpful in the long-term treatment and preventing complications due to soft tissue injuries. Emergency care is the first line of defense. This provides immediate and proper treatment to the injury to forestall adverse results.

Therapeutic treatments, medications, or dressings that encourage healing and prevent infection are also used. Prevention and guidance include suggestions for oral care, dietary options, and wearing protective gear during sports. The dentist will also monitor you by making regular observations of the progression of healing and intervening with any changes at the earliest onset of any other complications arising.

Protecting Your Oral Health

To prevent injury and reduce the severity of permanent damage, one has to maintain excellent oral hygiene, protect the mouth from trauma during athletic activities, and seek proper care if dental prosthetics, mouth guards, or other appliances do not fit well. Poor habits that can damage soft tissues involve smoking and consuming hot foods too frequently.

Finally, take action today to protect and maintain your oral health. If you experience discomfort or have questions about soft tissues in your mouth, please visit our office. You can also call or visit our website to schedule an appointment. Your mouth deserves the best care, and we are only here to give it to you!

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