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Dental and Oral Health (Adults)

Fimbriated Fold Pain

12/12/2011

Question:

So three days ago, my fimbriated fold under my tongue began to feel slightly painful. The next day, it was really painful. Today, it`s still painful and my second fold feels uncomfortable. Another symptom is a dry mouth with chapped lips. I have a teeth retainer. This is really annoying because it hurts to talk, eat, and drink.

Answer:

It is difficult to determine the cause of your pain from your description. It is possible that you could have scratched this area with something like a potato chip. It is also possible that you could have a lesion similar to a cold sore that will take 7 to 10 days to heal.

If it is not better in 7 days, go to your dentist to get an accurate diagnosis of the source of the pain and a treatment for it.

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Response by:

D Stanley Sharples, DDS
Clinical Assistant Professor of Primary Care Dentistry
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University