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Well, I got hit by a hard soccer ball on the face (right side), dropped to the ground, and when I got out of the game right that instant, I went to spit out a huge amount of blood. I'm pretty sure it has to do with the fact I have BRACES.
I'm OK from the outside, just a scratch next to my nose, but I noticed that inside the mouth my FRENULUM (the little bridge between the gums and the upper lip) didn't stop my tongue when I passed through it, anymore... So yeah, it's basically cut pretty much in the middle. It's still there, dangling, but it's not holding the lip as it did before...
I spat out all the blood, got a lot of water in my mouth and spat, and repeat until no more blood.
The cut on the side of my lip is OK, kinda hurts, but looks like it will heal.
I'm just worried that I need to go to the dentist or something for the frenulum. I checked the Internet, and from what I could fine (very little info), it says that it's suppose to heal itself in a week.

Should I take medicine? Should I gargle and spit something? Will my frenulum be Ok? Or am I screwed? I've put ice in there, and brushed my teeth as usual, it only bleeds a little when I put some cloth in the frenulum.
I'd appreciate any info! Thank you!

Side note:
I awoke up the next day, and when I saw in the mirror, the back of the lip kind of went down when I smiled, it's not too bad, but it is kind of disappointing, because it looks weird... I hope it's just inflated because of the injury, and not permanent :(

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Hi Jillian,

Oh My God!!  What happened?  Im sure it must have hurt when you got smacked on the side of the face with the soccer ball!

The good news is I think you are going to live.  And you have already done what any panic stricken brace wearing person would do.....research on the internet.  Just remember, you can't believe everything you read on the internet, but you may still learn something anyway.

I definitely think you should go to your dentist and have it looked at.  In fact, I would try to go to your orthodontist, so he/she can look at your frenulum AND your braces.  Did your orthodontist give you some wax?  Sometimes they give you wax to help soften all those sharp edges of your braces.

Probably the most important thing is to make sure you do not get an infection.  If it were me, I would get a very SOFT toothbrush and GENTLY brush my teeth. You don't want to cause any more ripping or tearing of that frenulum.  Maybe even use Listerine, to try and make sure your mouth stays fresh as possible until you get to the Dentist.

As far as your drooping lip.....not sure what is going to happen.  I am hoping that as your mouth heals, that the trauma will disappear from your lip and it returns to its normal position.

And please try not to get hit in the face with anymore soccer balls!!

Best regards
Jonathan
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My area of expertise from the patients point of view would be Dentistry/TMJ plus the speech challenges that these jaw and bite problems sometimes represent. Over the years I have seen a multitude of dentists, orthodontists, oral surgeons, speech therapists, neurologists and other health professionals who all had an opinion about my TMJ/bite problem. I AM NOT A DOCTOR...but would purely be a patients point of view type person. I "get it" when people say they tried to explain to their dentist what their TMJ/bite problem is and that they are misunderstood. I can listen to people's trials and tribulations and there is a good chance I have been down that road before. I can make suggestions as to what people can do at home, or what questions to ask their doctor or dentist when they visit. I will try and recall information or experiences that may be helpful to you.

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About 25 years ago, I had my wisdom teeth out and since then my bite has never felt "normal." For whatever reason, the first sensation I remember was not that my bite was off.....but rather that my normal tongue and speech patterns had been impeded. I spent years going to different dentists, who lumped me into their generic version of what they knew about TMJ. The majority of dentists believe they can treat TMJ, but only those whose primary focus is TMJ treatment, are really any good at it. Any dentist, can take an impression of your teeth, send that impression off to the lab and have them make a night guard. That is the easy part. The tricky part is what the dentist does with the night guard, once receiving it from the lab. The dentist has to do a "fitting" where they tailor the night guard to be evenly balanced and comfortable in your mouth. Sometimes it can take a few visits, because further adjustments need to be made to the night guard appliance, to get it just right. I have found that dentists, who have had the most practice, do a better job at fitting your appliance. It's almost like an art form.

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