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Hi there. My frenulum (I believe it's called) in the upper lip of my mouth was damaged by accident about 3 days ago when I accidentally got the edge of a folder right to the top of my mouth when trying to look down whilst holding the folder. It's quite painful and is noticeably worse today, to the point where I found it extremely painful to even smile or chew. It's slightly swollen, and I think brushing my teeth doesn't help the situation. Any advice on healing time/home treatment I can do to ease pain and speed the healing? Thank you!

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Hi,

As long as it's a minor cut, and not something that requires stitches, it should heal just fine. It will be very sore for a few days up to a week. The best thing is to use warm water rinses, and to keep the area as clean as possible.

Using OraJel can help minimize the discomfort to the area.

Basically, it just needs some time to properly heal.

Good luck!

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Benjamin Schwartz, DDS FAGD

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I can answer a range of questions in dentistry, ranging from cosmetic dentistry, fillings, root canals, and comprehensive treatment. Specifically, my fields of interest are in CEREC technology, Invisalign (Invisable braces), and Endodontics (root canals).

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Full time practicing dentist in New York City, treating all phases of adult dental needs. Specific focus on Invisalign cases, Endodontic (root canal) treatment, and CEREC single visit restorations.

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