Cracked, dry or sore lips are both unsightly and painful. They can be caused by a variety of conditions and can also be symptoms of more serious illnesses. If you suffer from dry or cracked lips, read on to learn how to understand and treat the problem. Continue reading
With their more sophisticated procedures, dentists are helping people keep their teeth longer. Because people are living longer and more stressful lives, they are exposing their teeth to many more years of crack-inducing habits, such as clenching, grinding, and chewing on hard objects. These habits make our teeth more susceptible to cracks. Continue reading
Dental osteomyelitis (or osteomyelitis of the jawbone) is an acute or chronic jawbone infection, usually caused by bacteria. It is extremely difficult to diagnose and treat. Continue reading
Bisphosphonate-related osteonecrosis of the jaw (BRONJ) is a condition found in patients who have received intravenous and oral forms of bisphosphonate therapy for various bone-related conditions. Bisphosphonate-related osteonecrosis of the jaw (BRONJ) manifests as exposed, nonvital bone involving the maxillofacial structures. Bisphosphonate-related osteonecrosis of the jaw (BRONJ) is thought to be caused by trauma to dentoalveolar structures that have a limited capacity for bone healing due to the effects of bisphosphonate therapy. Continue reading
Postherpetic neuralgia is defined as pain that persists for 1-6 months after an acute herpes zoster infection. Continue reading
Facial pain and headache syndromes are often seen in the primary care setting. These conditions are usually severe, and the patient presents in obvious distress. A careful history is paramount and should include the following data: Continue reading
Burning mouth syndrome (BMS) is a painful, frustrating condition often described as a scalding sensation in the tongue, lips, palate, or throughout the mouth. Although BMS can affect anyone, it occurs most commonly in middle-aged or older women.
BMS often occurs with a range of medical and dental conditions, from nutritional deficiencies and menopause to dry mouth and allergies. But their connection is unclear, and the exact cause of burning mouth syndrome cannot always be identified with certainty. Continue reading
In the previous article “about ulcers of the mouth Part 1“, we have already discussed what is an ulcer, the causes and methods to identify the cause of an oral ulcer. In this next section we will be looking at the modailities used to treat ulcers of the mouth.
Treatments and home remedies for mouth ulcers
- Based on and targeted at the etiology
- Main goal of therapy: Relief of pain and reduction of ulcer duration. There are evidence that shows the most efficacy from corticosteroids and antimicrobials used topically.
1. Topical corticosteroids: Continue reading
What is an oral ulcer?
An oral ulcer, or an ulcer in the mouth, is a painful lesion as a result of a complete break in the epithelium of mucous membrane. The body responds to this localized defect by producing fibrins, which fills and overflows in the ‘crater’ formed by the break in mucous membrane, giving it a bubble-like protrusion from the rest of the mucosa. The presence of fibrin gives it the yellowish colour which could easily be mistaken as pus. Continue reading
A night guard, sometimes spelled “nightguard,” is a piece of hard or soft plastic or silicone molded (in some cases) to fit the shape of your teeth. Its purpose is to keep teeth from grinding into one another. A night guard is worn while sleeping and taken out in the morning. A night guard is also a popular treatment for TMJ, or temporomandibular joint disorder. Night guards are sometimes used in place of a nightly retainer, because a night guard also serves to keep the teeth in place as well as prevent grinding and clenching. Night guards are a well-known treatment for bruxism, otherwise known as tooth grinding and jaw clenching. Continue reading