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Oral Injury Overview

Another name for Oral Injury is Mouth or Tongue Injury.

What is a mouth or tongue injury?
A person with a mouth or tongue injury has damage to a structure inside the mouth. The injury may involve the teeth, gums, cheeks, tongue or throat. Most mouth or tongue injuries are caused by injuries to the face.

What are the symptoms of a mouth or tongue injury?
Common symptoms of a mouth or tongue injury may include oral bleeding, mouth swelling, mouth pain, gum pain, tooth pain, a dental fracture, a dental avulsion, facial pain, and jaw pain.

How does the doctor treat a mouth or tongue injury?
Treatment for a mouth or tongue injury may include cold compresses, oral rinses, saltwater gargles, narcotic pain medications, surgery, or antibiotics.

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Last Updated: Feb 10, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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