Here at Smile Hub Dental Clinic in Bayside Medical Centre we recommend booking an emergency appointment if you have busted your lip. Lips are made up of three layers of skin muscle and oral mucosa which is on the inside of the mouth. There is a lot of blood flow to the lips which is why it is important to compress the area fast after a cut. Busted lips are common in children and people who play sports but they can happen to anyone. The symptoms of a busted lip may be pain or numbness, swelling and bruising which could mean there is bleeding under the skin.
Most Lip injuries are minor and will heal in a few weeks but they can be more serious if there is an internal laceration. An example of this is mucosal laceration which is a cut on the inside of the mouth which can make a flap that makes it hard to chew. Food can also get trapped in this flap which can cause infection. If an internal laceration is more than 2 centimetres long it may need specialist treatment. If an accident causes a lip puncture or a knocked-out tooth it is important to get antibiotics to prevent bacteria causing infection. Lip injuries can sometimes affect closing your mouth and even the structure of your teeth.
If a lip injury is not severe it can be treated by cleaning the external cut with soapy water and rinsing an internal cut with salt water. When lip injuries are more severe it is important to see a dentist or doctor if swelling continues or if it is a large puncture. An oral surgeon or cosmetic surgeon may be needed to ensure that the wound is corrected and heals properly.