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Sore patch on the tongue after having a trauma to the molar. Root canal suggested. Advice?

Since a trauma to my molar last autumn, I have a monthly or 3 weekly sore patch on my tongue, same or similar place - not always quite an ulcer, more an inflamed papillae... I have a temporary filling fitted but since my trauma a gap has been created too and the edge of the filling is a little sharp. I must admit, I do feel around in my mouth constantly and often get food trapped in the gap causing the tooth to get inflamed.

My question is, are any of these things enough to cause pain, soreness or ulcers in the same region/side of the tongue? I am due to have a root canal and am hoping this will solve the problem. Is there anything else I can do in the meantime to ease this?

Many thanks in advance for any help
Asked On : Sun, 21 Apr 2013
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Dentist 's  Response
Thanks for posting your query.
The trauma can cause inflammation on your tongue and thereby ulceration.
I would advice you to take plenty of fluids and nutritious food.
Vitamin becosules,c ,iron and folic acid supplements can be administered.
The traumatised tooth has to be evaluated clinically and root canal treatment or refilling has to be done based on the pulpal and periapical involvement of inflammation.
Take antibiotics after consulting with your dentist.
Use soft interdental toothbrush as well as dental floss to clean your teeth.
Take care.
Answered: Tue, 23 Apr 2013
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Dentist Dr. Qazi Ammara's  Response

Thanks for asking the query,

Due to trauma caused by the molar you have developed an ulceration on the tongue.
I would advise you to visit a Dentist and get the checkup done, take an x-ray of the molar and if needed go for Root canal treatment followed by prosthetic crown placement.

Apply DOLOGEL oral ointment or mucopain topically over the affected area.
Take multivitamin tablets.
Maintain a good oral hygiene, use antiseptic mouthwash gargles twice daily.
Avoid eating of hot and spicy food stuffs.

Hope this helps out.

Answered: Tue, 23 Apr 2013
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Dentist Dr. Anshumala Singh's  Response
Dear friend.

Thanks for sharing your concern.

you have been advised root canal treatment that shows, the concerned tooth is infected and involved pulpally.

If left untreated it will cause recurrent problems like pain and abscess.

An ulcer can develop due the following.

Any jagged tooth edges.

Vitamin deficiency especially vitamin B.

Any bacterial and fungal infections due to poor oral hygiene.

Food products and chemicals.

You must visit your dentist and get it that other reasons can be ruled out except the actual cause.

For pain relief you can apply dologel locally.

But exact diagnosis and treatment is suggested.

Hope it helps.


Take care.
Answered: Tue, 23 Apr 2013
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Dentist Dr. Benley George's  Response
It is the sharp edge of the filling over the tooth which is causing problem to your tongue. You can get the filling readjusted by your dentist before the root canal treatment is done. One a root canal treatment is done remember to get the tooth capped as the tooth will be brittle and there is chances of fracture. The soreness will gradually settle and you can use dentogel ointment to apply over your tongue.

Answered: Tue, 23 Apr 2013
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