Mouth Laceration Overview
What is a mouth or tongue laceration?
A person with a mouth or tongue laceration has a cut, or tear, caused by an injury. Lacerations may also involve structures that lie beneath the skin, such as muscles, tendons, blood vessels, and nerves. When a person has a mouth or tongue laceration, it is important to determine if the laceration has injured a nerve in the face.
What are the symptoms of a mouth or tongue laceration?
The symptoms of a mouth or tongue laceration include pain, bleeding, swelling, and bruising. Worsening redness, swelling, and tenderness around a laceration are signs of infection.
How does the doctor treat a mouth or tongue laceration?
In the majority of cases, the treatment for a mouth or tongue laceration includes wound irrigation, wound cleansing, and laceration repair. Additional treatment for lacerations may include a tetanus vaccine, antibiotics, and pain medications.