They've stayed that way, so I've tried to be careful how I eat things, but it never healed, and now it's a little bit sore and it seems to be detached slightly further, like you made two tears in the top of a piece of paper and pulled down the middle slightly. I can see it separate from the other gums when I pull on my lip. The torn part is also a little whitish. The actual tear seems to only be like 1 mm on one side, and less on the other, but when I pull on my lip, the separation is at least a millimeter. Is there a cheap fix at a dentist, or something I can do or avoid doing at home for it to heal? I do brush hard, although with a soft brush, but started to brush very gently over that spot when I discovered the pain.