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Subject: OT~~Is there a nurse in the house?
Date Posted: 2/17/2011 4:04 PM ET
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To make a long, painful story short:  While my dentist was grinding down my tooth, his little grinder tool slipped, and ground a nice hole in the tissue underneath my tongue.  When I say hole, I'm serious.  Gaping. Hole.  The bleeding stopped, but it hurts like hell to move my tongue.  Who knew you used those muscles under there so much??  I can see now that a liquid diet is in order for the next few days.  My question is: what can I do to speed the healing, and prevent infection?  I'm no nurse, but I'm thinking that one's mouth usually heals quickly and usually without infection.  It's just freaky to see this hole.  I don't want to get food and junk in it.  

Would warm salt water be a good thing?  Will it make me wet my pants if I gargle with it?  This was supposed to be an easy appointment, for God's sake!  

 

I should have just had him pull this stupid tooth back in October when it went ballistic on me.

Date Posted: 2/17/2011 4:29 PM ET
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OMG!! Vicky, that's just awful! I'm no nurse, but I'd say yes to the salt water or peroxide or anything to make sure it doesn't get infected---but I'd think it would sting quite a bit so be sure that's what you want....What the heck did the erstwhile dentist say to do about it? Does it need stitches? Yikes!

Date Posted: 2/17/2011 4:32 PM ET
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OMG Vicky thats horrible! 

I am not a nurse but this is what I found about keeping the mouth clean after a tongue piercing.  I imagine it would be about the same for your injury:

Rinse w/alcohol free mouthwash after every major meal for 2 weeks. In between meals rinse mouth w/sea salt and water solution whenever you drink anything that is not water. It will help speed the healing process.

And from WebMD about mouth injuries:

To reduce pain and promote healing

  • Apply a cold compress to the injured area, or suck on a piece of ice or a Popsicle as often as desired.
  • Rinse your wound with warm salt water immediately after meals. Saltwater rinses may promote healing. To make a saltwater solution for rinsing the mouth, mix 1tsp of salt to 1cup of warm water.
  • Eat soft foods that are easy to swallow. Soft foods include:
    • Milk and dairy products, such as milk shakes, yogurt, custards, ice cream, sherbets, or cottage cheese.
    • Meat and meat substitutes, such as tender meats or chicken, tuna, eggs, or smooth peanut butter.
    • Fruits and vegetables, such as well-cooked or canned fruits and vegetables; well-ripened, easy-to-chew fruits; and baked, mashed, or well-cooked sweet potatoes.
  • Avoid foods that might sting, such as salty or spicy foods, citrus fruits or juices, and tomatoes.

Hope you feel better!

Date Posted: 2/17/2011 4:35 PM ET
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Yikes is right! Didn't the dentist give you any guidance? What a yucky, yucky thing to have happened. I hope the pain goes away soon!

Date Posted: 2/17/2011 4:37 PM ET
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Oh Vicky, that is so not fun I am sorry for you. I know I had a wisdom tooth out years ago that was imbedded in the jaw which left a hole behind and they had this plungy thingy so you could shoot water into the hole and keep food out. Did your dentist give you any thing like that? Did he just leave you high and dry to find for yourself?

Date Posted: 2/17/2011 6:01 PM ET
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Ouch!!!  One thing to keep in mind is that the mouth heals quickly being that it is so vascular.  I would say salt water rinses after eating.

Date Posted: 2/17/2011 6:18 PM ET
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Well, Vicky, I am a retired RN and even though my specialty was psych ( so, I should be asking"how do you feel about this?"), I will say that since nothing in or about the mouth is sterile, your best bet is to keep the area as clean as possible. For that, I would suggest hydrogen peroxide - diluted (about 1/2 cup H2O2 to 1 cup H2O). Rinse after eating anything. For disinfectant purposes - what's your favorite drink?  I figure that my martinis would take care of a problem like that in a snap. wink  Don't over do the rinsing b/c as Letty says, that area is very vascular and you do, after all want it to heal. You probably will never see a clot, but it will heal.

Now, who is this jerk you went to and did he really send you out of the door with no instructions??? and nothing for the pain??? If so, I hope you left skid marks getting out of there!!

Date Posted: 2/17/2011 6:48 PM ET
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Date Posted: 2/17/2011 7:05 PM ET
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~~What the heck did the erstwhile dentist say to do about it?

~~Didn't the dentist give you any guidance?

~~Did he just leave you high and dry ?

~~Now, who is this jerk you went to and did he really send you out of the door with no instructions??? and nothing for the pain???

 

I think Dr. Mengele was trying to pretend it hadn't happened.  He apologized several times.  But he just said if my gums around the tooth with the sparkly new crown should feel sore, I "might" want to do a salt water rinse.  If I have any problems, give him a call.  Oh, and that I would have a "sore spot" and would probably curse his name later on.  My DH came home and is trying to make me go to the doctor to see if I should have stitches.  But that won't be happening tonight.  I've had enough for one day!  DH said he will inspect it again in the morning, and then....unless the governor calls with a stay of execution, I think he's going to make me go to a doctor.

It's not bleeding at all, it doesn't hurt too much provided I keep my tongue still, and I drank soup for dinner.  I will do the peroxide, Jeanne, although a martini sounds much better!  And hey, I"m getting a good jump on my diet, right?  No cravings for potato chips here, nosiree!  I'm off work until Tuesday anyway, so there's nothing between me and a good book.  Except DH.  Every time he looks at me, I can see "Run to ER" flashing through his mind like a neon sign.  

Thanks for the tea and sympathy, ladies.  And Jeanne...I knew someone around here was a nurse.  Psych nurse?  Probably even better!

 

 

Date Posted: 2/17/2011 7:30 PM ET
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I'd still shoot the doctor.

Jerelyn is right, the mouth does heal faster. I had my gums grafted years ago (they take the grafts from the roof of your mouth), and I was surprised how quickly they healed up.

Date Posted: 2/17/2011 7:32 PM ET
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Vicky, My DH would have me running to the doc too even though it takes an act of congress to get him to go! If it isn't bleeding, no stitches should be necessary and besides, if you wait til tomorrow it would be too late for stitches anyway. Stitches are good for stopping bleeding and for making nice thin little scars where they are obvious. Under your tongue - I don't think it matters, do you? From what I am picking up here, you're a hurting unit. DON'T TAKE ASPIRIN. That will only cause you to bleed more. If you have pain, take Tylenol or, if you have some painkillers like Tylenol #3, go ahead and do those. (I'm still thinkin Martinis would be best. lol!) You will be fine. I have had more surgeries, etc on my gums, mouth, teeth, etc than you can shake a stick at ( cripe, you'd think I was a street person  - and DH says he doesn't know anyone who takes such good care of their teeth! Well, so much for that!). It will get better. My only concern is for you and what will keep you from going in there and slapping the sh_t out of this guy! I know that's what I would feel like doing!!!

Take it easy, keep it clean. Nature will do her thing. If you do have a lot of pain - then see the doc - and then a lawyer! devil Oh yeah, he sounds like a Dr. Mengele all right!!



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Date Posted: 2/17/2011 7:32 PM ET
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Dr. Mengele

Dr. Mengele? For real? AKA Angel of Death.

So sorry, Vicky!

Date Posted: 2/18/2011 1:08 AM ET
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Holy crap! Sorry that happened, Vicky! I'm not a nurse and everyone's had great advice so far. I had my tongue pierced years ago and remember that Listerine was my best friend for a while. After every time I drank or ate something, plus of course in the morning and before bed. My mom swears by peroxide, but I could never get myself to swish that stuff. Warm salt water will help as well.

All I can think is OW OW OW!

Date Posted: 2/18/2011 1:19 AM ET
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I like Jeanne's advise take two martini's and call me in the morning!wink

Date Posted: 2/18/2011 5:55 AM ET
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Yikes! I had a similar experience, though not as extreme as yours. My dentists' hand slipped while smoothing out a rough edge, but caught the side of my cheek. It ended up feeling a like a canker sore. But at least she felt horrible about it and was really pissed off at herself, and she gave me medicine to help numb the pain :/
Date Posted: 2/18/2011 7:58 AM ET
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I don't know if someone said a powerful prayer for me (probably the dentist, ha ha) but it looks MUCH better this morning.  I knew mouth/gums/cheek injuries or sores heal fast, but this has amazed even me.  Of course, I kept my mouth shut all night.  Thank God I don't talk in my sleep!  It looks much better, it feels fine as long as I'm careful.  

Genie, I renamed the dentist Dr. Mengele.  Just my black humor.  And really, he's not a bad guy.  Accidents do happen.  I think I'll continue my regular cleanings there; if I ever need more work done....I'll seriously look around for someone else.

Date Posted: 2/18/2011 8:03 AM ET
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Genie, I renamed the dentist Dr. Mengele.

LOL! Fooled me. cryingwink

Date Posted: 2/18/2011 9:55 AM ET
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Vicky - so glad you're better today!! When you see Dr. Mengele again, be sure to let him know that you were hurting for quite awhile, so that he knows that perhaps he should have given you something or some instructions for this condition!

Date Posted: 2/18/2011 10:40 AM ET
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So glad to hear you are feeling better Vicky.  I can't believe the dentist didn't "fess up" and give you better instructions or pain meds.

Date Posted: 2/18/2011 10:56 AM ET
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When you see Dr. Mengele again,

 

um, not sure I would......happy happy that it is improved today :)