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Bit my tongue unknowingly. Skin is hanging from it. How to remove this?

Bit my tongue working out and now I have a piece of tongue hanging off. It s about the size of a bb or a caper. It s on there pretty good but it doesn t seem like its going to heal back on. It s kind of like a golf divot on my tongue. Very annoying as it feels like I always have food crumbs on the side of my mouth, plus it s still sensitive. Btw, it happened three days ago. Should I go to a doctor and if so what kind?
Asked On : Fri, 1 Feb 2013
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Dentist 's  Response
Tongue biting and cheek biting can occur because of stress or anxiety or can occur unconsciously. Some sharp tooth or some missing tooth can also lead to tongue biting and cheek biting. Tongue and cheek biting is a deleterious habit and can lead to irritation and also increases the incidence of canker sores. Tongue biting can also cause bleeding on tongue. You need to make a self conscious effort to stop this habit of tongue biting. If there are any sharp teeth or missing teeth or your bite is not correct, then you need to consult a dentist. Your dentist can correct the sharp teeth if present. If there is some missing tooth present, then get them replaced. If bite is not correct, then you can get braces treatment or invisaligns done to correct the bite. Chewing sugar free gums may provide some help. If bleeding occurs on tongue biting, then you can keep a piece of ice or ice cold water on it and can use an antimicrobial mouth wash to reduce chances of infection.
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Dentist Dr. Anshumala Singh's  Response
Dear friend

Thanks for sharing your concern.

I would like to tell you that tongue biting or cheek biting is called FACTITIAL INJURY.
FACTITIAL INJURIES are accidently self enduced injuries. On the basis of habit with a frequent psychogenic background.

It originates as a result of stress or sometimes without self control. You need to rule out etiology(cause).

like if its due to some sharp tooth then get it grinded.

For relief of present situation you need to get proper clinical examination done.

If cut is too deep then it may require suturing.Otherwise some medicament can be applied in superficial case to prevent infection. For pain relief DOLOGEL can be used.

Its better to consult oral surgeon & get it treated as early as possible.

Meanwhile do betadine gargles to prevent infection.

Hope this helps

thanks
Answered: Wed, 27 Feb 2013
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Dentist Dr. Neha Sumra's  Response
Hello
Welcome to HCM
I would like to tell you that tongue biting or cheek biting is involuntary action that can occur without self control.You need to rule out etiology like if its due to some sharp tooth then get it grinded. For relief of present situation you need to get proper clinical examination done.If cut is too deep then it may require suturing.Otherwise some medicament can be applied in superficial case to prevent infection.
Its better to consult oral surgeon & get it treated as early as possible.
Meanwhile do betadine gargles to prevent infection.

Take Care
Regards
Dr.Neha
Answered: Fri, 1 Feb 2013
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General & Family Physician Dr. Shoaib Khan's  Response
Hello and welcome to HCM.

Thank you for your query.

Depending the length of the cut, we can decide what needs to be done. If it is large cut, then suturing might even be required. For this you will have to visit a surgeon, who will decide what is best for your wound. Only an examination by a doctor would help in deciding the extent of your injury and course of action.

In the mean time, you could gargle your mouth with salt water or an easily available anti-bacterial or anti-septic mouth gargling solution. This will help in preventing infections. Avoid spicy, oily and hard food that could cause discomfort.

I hope I have succeeded in answering your questions, you could write back to me anytime for further clarifications.

Best wishes.
Answered: Fri, 1 Feb 2013
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General & Family Physician Dr. Zainab Hassanali's  Response
hi,
yes you need to visit a doctor especially a dentist because they are the ones who deal with anything to do with the teeth and tongue,
the bitten area needs to be checked if deep cut it needs to be sutured so it can heal well,
if it is a not a deep cut then you can be given medications to just apply and some to take orally,
it would be good you checked it out to prevent infection to set in as the mouth area is prone to getting infections quickly
hope to have answered your query
get well soon.
Answered: Fri, 1 Feb 2013
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Critical Care Specialist Dr. Sadiq Mughal's  Response
Hi thanks for your question.
Since 3 days have already passed,the cut piece is still hanging from your tongue.I would suggest you to get it removed.Any surgeon can remove it,like general surgeon,an ENT surgeon, even Dentist can remove.
Hope this answers your question.
Answered: Fri, 1 Feb 2013
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