Like any other area of the body, gums can get cuts from the slightest abrasion. Because of their soft nature, gums also tend to bleed easier and faster than other parts of the body. The good news is that most small cuts on the gums will heal on their own, assuming that you follow proper care and don’t let them become infected. If you have a cut on your gums that won’t stop bleeding, you may need to make an appointment with a dentist.
Why Do I Have a Cut on My Gums?
Getting a cut on your gums can be quite painful and scary, especially if there is a lot of blood. However, it is important to remember that the bleeding you are seeing could be because the cut is mixing with your saliva in your mouth.
The first thing you should do is gently apply pressure to the wound with a clean cloth or paper towel for about 10 minutes, or until the bleeding stops. Rinsing your mouth with diluted salt water or an antiseptic mouthwash can also help to keep the wound clean and free of debris. A cold compress placed on the gums can also slow circulation, decrease swelling and numb pain. Taking over-the-counter painkillers such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) can help with the discomfort.
If the cut on your gums is severe, you will likely need to come in for a treatment called root canal therapy. This procedure involves removing the damaged tissue and re-inserting the tooth’s pulp chamber, which will restore the function of the tooth and relieve your pain. The procedure is usually quick and comfortable, but you may experience some sensitivity afterward because of the inflammation of your tissue.