Bitten LipA bitten lip most of the time is not a serious issue and will heal on it's own with in a couple days to a week or two. If you have severly punctured your lip, or the wound has become infected, you should consider making an appointment.
Biting your lip may seem like just a small inconvenience, but in reality it can lead to bigger problems. If you or someone you know has recently bitten their lip and noticed an increase in injury or pain, read on for helpful advice on how to best deal with the situation.
Bitten Lip – Symptoms And Risks
It’s going to be pretty obvious most of the time when you bite your lip. Usually, it will probably be fairly minor and will only hurt for a brief amount of time. If you bite your lip too hard, the following might happen:
- Sudden pain where the bite occurred
- Local swelling
- Canker sores
Lip Bite – Treatment
The inside of your mouth usually heals pretty fast. You may have had burns or bites in the past that seemed bad, but also seemed to go away quicker than you expected. However, if you bit your lip and caused damage that is concerning to you, it may be a good idea to take some cautionary measures:
Clean And Dress The Wounded Area
Other DIY Pain Relief Tips
- Take over-the-counter (OTC) pain medication- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), like ibuprofen, aspirin, or naproxen, are evidence-backed drugs that can help deal with pain management.
- Longer duration for cold compress – If the cold compress keeps the pain and discomfort down, then you can keep it applied for as long as you may need it.
- Oral Anti-Septic Gel – You can get this at most drug stores, it will help stave off infection so the wound heals faster.
Bitten Cheek Or Tongue
If you bite your cheek or your tongue, it will feel and react in a similar manner to when you bit your lip, and the treatments for this are largely the same. If your cheek gets damaged, you may want to make sure you do not have a broken tooth just to be safe.
A canker sore is a small uncomfortable bump inside your mouth. If you’re able to see it, it will be small and round, or oval, it may also be read and or white in appearance. Canker sores can develop on any part of your mouth, and they will usually be immediately noticeable.
It is not entirely understood why they appear, but can happen for the following reasons:
- Mouth injuries, like biting the inside of your lip
- Viral infection
- Vitamin or mineral deficiency
- Food allergy
- Hormonal changes
The same treatments for a bit lip, can also be applied to a canker sore:
- Saltwater Rinse
- antiseptic mouth sore rinse
- Cold Compress
- NSAIDs for pain relief
- Topical oral pain medication on the sore
When Is The Bite An Emergency?
In some rare cases, mostly from trauma, you may have bitten your lip bad enough that it could be considered an emergency! If any of these situations occur, you may want to get an emergency dentist appointment:
- A deep or large wound
- You bit all the way through the lip
- Debris stuck in the wound
- Pain that is worsening over time
- Difficulty in opening or closing your mouth.