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Significant lip injuries are always a cause for concern. The trauma to soft tissues from an accidental fall or a hard blow to the face can sometimes be severe. Providing quality first aid can help minimize the pain and prevent complications while you seek professional treatment.

The first step is to assess the severity of the lip injury. If you have blood on your lip, you can use a warm, wet washcloth to gently wipe it away. If you have blood or debris in your mouth, you can rinse it away with lukewarm saltwater.

If your lip is bleeding excessively, it might require stitches or other professional measures at the emergency room or an urgent care clinic.

You can try holding a cold compress on the area for 15 to 20 minutes at a time to control any latent swelling. You can improvise a cold compress by placing crushed ice in a zip-top bag wrapped in a washcloth or tea towel.

Should the bleeding persist, you can try to control the bleeding by holding some sterile gauze to the wound. If the bleeding hasn’t stopped after 20 minutes, the wound likely requires professional treatment in the emergency room or an urgent care clinic.

If you need professional advice for managing a lip injury in Zionsville, Carmel, Fishers, or Noblesville you should call 317-846-6188 to speak to a member of our Monon Family Dental staff.