Usually my canker sores don’t bother me too badly. However, I am really struggling this time. I don’t even want to eat because it’s gotten so bad. It seems much larger than normal, about the size of a pea. Also, it has some white on top. Is that normal?
Would an emergency dentist be able to help with a canker sore?
-Gerald in Connecticut
It sounds like you have had canker sores before. Even though this one sounds terrible, it may not be time to visit an emergency dentist just yet.
Generally, canker sores will heal without intervention in under a two weeks. It will be a matter of managing the discomfort until it has healed.
Over-the-counter canker sore remedies
Most drug stores have a selection of products that can help provide pain relief. Check out the oral care aisle for an anesthetic. These products will help numb or lessen the pain.
You may also find canker sore care products that are designed to cover and protect it. Usually these are in a little tubes or gel pads. These types of covering products may be difficult to keep in place. But, they may be helpful in providing protection for short times, which may enable you to eat a meal without pain.
If the area becomes infected, you will want to find a product with antiseptic to disinfect the area, which most of these products will have already. Many people say that Listerine or a mixture of half hydrogen and half peroxide will also to the trick.
Canker sores can be caused by many things, so it’s difficult to figure out the culprit. A cut or bite on the soft tissue, stress, rubbing from a dental appliance, or in some cases allergies can cause them.
If canker sores are a frequent issue, it would be wise to schedule an appointment with your dentist or other healthcare professional to rule out anything more serious.
Also, if this canker sore fails to resolve itself, it would be good to schedule an appointment with your dentist. Although, it doesn’t need to be an emergency dental appointment. Just call in and explain the situation and see when you may be able to get in.
This post is sponsored by York PA dentist Donald H. Currie, DMD