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Burning Mouth SyndromeIndianapolis, IN

If you regularly feel a burning sensation in your mouth that does not have an obvious cause, then you may have burning mouth syndrome. The condition can lead to discomfort in the roof of the mouth, insides of the cheeks, lips, tongue, and gums. Burning mouth syndrome can cause a chronic burning sensation in the mouth that requires professional methods to treat.

Burning mouth syndrome treatment is available at Indiana Craniofacial Center PC in Indianapolis and the surrounding area. We will help to determine the most effective treatment option for each patient. This way, the patient will be able to continue living without burning mouth syndrome, causing them pain.

Call 317-283-1900 to schedule an appointment and learn how we can help treat your burning mouth syndrome today.

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Symptoms of Burning Mouth Syndrome

According to Healthline, symptoms of burning mouth syndrome occur suddenly for most people. In other cases, symptoms can also slowly develop over time. It is often hard to determine the exact cause of the condition, which, in turn, makes treatment more complicated. Treatment for burning mouth syndrome often focuses on reducing the symptoms.

Symptoms of burning mouth syndrome can include:

  • A scalding or burning sensation that mostly affects the lips
  • Feeling as if you just consumed something incredibly hot
  • Dry mouth and thirstiness
  • Loss of ability to taste things
  • A metallic or bitter taste in the mouth
  • Numbness or tingling in the mouth

For most people, burning mouth syndrome lasts for anywhere between a few months to a couple of years. In some cases, the symptoms dissipate by themselves or occur less frequently as time passes.

Diagnosing Burning Mouth Syndrome

Patients that have symptoms of burning mouth syndrome need to seek a professional examination to determine the specific cause. There is no single test that can determine if a patient has burning mouth syndrome. During an appointment, we will evaluate the patient's medical history and perform a physical examination.

Additional tests like blood tests might help evaluate the patient's thyroid and immune function, glucose level, blood count, and nutritional factors. All this information can help to narrow down the source of the patient's discomfort.

Other procedures like allergy tests, salivary measurements, gastric reflux tests, digital images, and medication adjustments can also help to figure out if a patient has burning mouth syndrome.

Treating Burning Mouth Syndrome

Treatment for BMS varies depending on if the patient has primary or secondary BMS. Secondary BMS is treated by address the root cause of the discomfort. We can help patients find relief from symptoms of primary BMS. We can help to find effective treatment options for the type of BMS the patient has.

While medication can help to relieve symptoms, we may also recommend a possible treatment to help increase saliva production. In other cases, treatment will involve determining the cause of the BMS, such as consuming certain medication or an existing condition like acid reflux, before receiving the correct treatment.

Contact Us

Burning mouth syndrome can lead to significant discomfort. Call 317-283-1900 to schedule an appointment and learn more about possible treatment options. We will help you achieve lasting symptom relief and determine any lifestyle changes you may need to avoid increasing the symptoms of your BMS.

Indiana Craniofacial Center PC is located at
3750 Guion Rd Ste 280
Indianapolis, IN
46222

(317) 283-1900

Frequently Asked Questions

Can anxiety cause burning mouth syndrome?

Many people who have burning mouth syndrome also suffer from anxiety, depression, or some other type of psychological condition. People with anxiety often have dry mouths, and that can aggravate burning mouth syndrome. Untreated mental health issues can also activate nerve fibers that cause BMS.

How long does BMS last?

There is no standard duration for burning mouth syndrome. For some people, the condition can last up to seven years or even longer. Treatment often brings the intensity of the sensation experienced to manageable levels, and some patients are able to return to normal in a matter of months.

Are there any home remedies for burning mouth syndrome?

Yes, there are. Drink lots of fluids to help alleviate any dry mouth and stay away from acidic liquids/ foods like coffee, orange juice, and tomato juice. It is also best to avoid any products that contain alcohol since it can dry out the lining of the mouth, making BMS worse.

How is burning mouth syndrome treated?

There is no way to treat primary BMS. The goal of treatment is to manage the symptoms associated with it. We can help treat secondary BMS can by treating the cause of the patient's condition. We can make lifestyle changes to help patients further their recovery and manage their symptoms.