Pain Or Swelling in the Mouth

Pain in the mouth is something that has been experienced by many of us, whether it’s bleeding of the gums, burning sensations, or sensitivity.  Swelling and/or pain can happen on the tongue, on the roof of the mouth, on the inside of the cheeks, or gums. Please contact the dentist immediately if you are having any severe pain.

To ensure proper treatment and care, it is essential to identify underlying causes of any swelling or mouth pain, whether the discomfort is mild or severe.

Sores In The Mouth

There are various causes of mouth sores. Here, we will address sores that commonly manifest inside the mouth, rather than outside (i.e. cold sores.) Sores that we often find inside the mouth are canker sores.  Developing on the roofs of mouth, insides of cheeks, and tongues, these ulcers appear as white lesions with a red outline, and are easy to identify. Canker sores can cause burning sensations and tingling, often before we can see them.  Though they often heal on their own, call the dentist if there is prolonged pain.  Antimicrobial mouth rinses, corticosteroids, or even antibiotics might be prescribed to support healing of canker sores. But other types of sores can occur, so if you have any question it is important to seek dental care as soon as possible, since some mouth sores and growths can indicate oral cancer.

Tooth and Mouth Injury

Injuries that cause extensive swelling and mouth pain are not uncommon. Falling, cracking your tooth, biting your lip, burning your tongue and cutting your gums on rough edged food are all examples. If enough damage is done, you may need to contact your dentist.  In the case of a tooth having cracked, temperature sensitivity usually develops, and during biting or chewing pain may occur intermittently, or even persistently.  For the repair of a cracked tooth contact the dentist so that optimal treatment for your situation can be determined.

Tooth Decay

Sharp pain and throbbing with no clear source can signify tooth decay. If you experience discomfort while chewing, or temperature sensitivities, it’s possible you have a cavity. Immediate dental care for cavities is advised, as it can save a tooth.  For mild cavities, fillings that are teeth-colored usually suffice. For severe tooth decay, root canals can be needed.  Though the idea of root canals can be stressful, they actually are very effective at taking away the pain.

Dry Mouth

When salivary glands aren’t retaining sufficient moisture in your mouth, dry mouth can develop and become chronic. Flushing teeth of bacteria and debris, as well as preventing teeth from being eroded by acids are two of saliva’s functions in the mouth.  If you have frequent bad breath, cracking of the lips, sores in the mouth, a rough tongue, swelling in the mouth’s roof, or cavities, dry mouth may be contributing. If the condition is minor, hydrating and eating foods such as almonds or carrots that increase salivation, can often resolve the issue.  For more severe cases, dental support may be necessary. The cause of dry mouth can be determined by your dentist, and treatments such as artificial saliva or medications to stimulate salivation may become necessary.

Gum Disease

One of the most frequent issues in oral health for American adults is gum disease. Gingivitis, caused by plaque buildup on the gums and teeth, is the early stage of disease of the gums. Bad breath, swelling, and bleeding of the gums are all caused by plaque deteriorating healthy mouth structures. Luckily, with diligent brushing and flossing, combined with regular visits to the dentist, reversal of gingivitis is possible.  If not treated, gingivitis can lead to more serious gum disease, known as periodontitis.  Bone loss, erosion of the gums, and loose teeth are all indicative of possible periodontitis. Though it can be destructive, gum disease  is easily prevented for most people.  This makes regular dental cleanings very important. If any symptoms of gingivitis are noticed, contact the dentist as soon as possible, and immediate treatment is recommended for any swelling or pain to prevent further damage.

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