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Why does my tongue burn?

09/08/2006

Question:

My tongue started burning about six years ago and I would like to know why? And also is there anything that can be done to stop/improve the problem. I also have a tooth that, even though I have had two root canals done one it by a specialist in Las Vegas, the tooth is still sensative, not the gum, just the tooth? WHY?

Answer:

With respect to your tongue symptoms, you may have burning mouth syndrome, and more about this condition can be found at the links below.

As for the tooth problem, this would have to be evaluated by an endodontist (root canal specialist) in order to best determine why the sensitivity has persisted.  You may want to get a second opinion.

Related Resources:

Oral Conditions - Information for Patients (AAOMP)
Burning Mouth Syndrome

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Response by:

Carl M Allen, DDS, MSD Carl M Allen, DDS, MSD
Professor Emeritus of Oral Pathology
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University