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Your Severe Mouth Pain May Also be Known as:
Extreme mouth pain
Mouth extremely painful
Mouth hurts extremely
Mouth hurts severely
Mouth hurts unbearably
Mouth severely painful
Mouth unbearably painful
Unbearable mouth pain

Top 3 Severe Mouth Pain Causes

  1. 1.Burning Mouth Syndrome

    Burning mouth syndrome (BMS) is a chronic pain syndrome defined as having a burning pain or sensation in your mouth without a cause that can be found. It happens way more often in women (7 times more likely), typically during times of hormonal changes (just before or during menopause). While no one has identified the cause, it could have to do with the makeup of saliva, damage from dentures, tics or teeth grinding, infections, and even autoimmune diseases.

    You should go to your primary care doctor in the next few weeks. There, the doctor will rule out other causes of your pain. If it is indeed burning mouth syndrome, there are a few medications you can take. However, treatment is often not successful.

    Top Symptoms:
    dry mouth, changed sense of taste, moderate mouth pain, tongue pain, burning sensation in the mouth
    Symptoms that always occur with burning mouth syndrome:
    burning sensation in the mouth, tongue pain
    Primary care doctor

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  2. 2.Acute Necrotizing Ulcerative Gingivitis (Anug)

    Acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis (ANUG) is a relatively rare infection of the gums. It's also known as "trench mouth", as it was discovered in a large number of soldiers in WWI that were stuck in trenches. The pain caused by ANUG is what makes it different from chronic periodontitis, and it requires treatment by professionals.

    You should go to the nearest dentist as soon as possible, or to an urgent care if one is not open at this hour. There, you will be given antibiotics and mouth wash to relieve the pain. You should definitely see a dentist if you go to an urgent care first. The dentist will remove any dead gum tissue to promote healing and help reduce pain.

    Top Symptoms:
    bleeding gums, chronically bad breath, gum pain, severe mouth pain, gum redness
    In-person visit
  3. 3.Dry Socket (Postextraction Alveolar Osteitis)

    Dry socket (or postextraction alveolar osteitis) is a common cause of severe pain after a dental extraction (tooth pull). It's known to be related to how the extraction was done, menstrual cycle, tobacco smoking, age, sex, and whether you have had an extraction before.

    You should immediately go to a dentist for treatment, preferably the one that did the extraction. However, if that's not possible, you can go to the ER where treatment involves a nerve block (injection to numb the nerve causing the pain), washing the socket with saline, packing it, and prescribing antibiotics (to fight infection), Vitamin C (which might help), and ibuprofen for pain relief. You need to be seen by a dentist no matter what, within the next 24 hours.

    Top Symptoms:
    chronically bad breath, constant mouth pain, mouth pain at the site of a dental procedure, changed sense of taste, severe mouth pain
    Symptoms that always occur with dry socket (postextraction alveolar osteitis):
    mouth pain at the site of a dental procedure, constant mouth pain
    Hospital emergency room

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Severe Mouth Pain

  • Q.How long has your mouth pain been going on?
  • Q.Is your mouth pain constant or come-and-go?
  • Q.Have you been feeling more tired than usual, lethargic or fatigued despite sleeping a normal amount?
  • Q.How long has your mouth been swollen?

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Severe Mouth Pain Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced severe mouth pain have also experienced:

    • 7% Neck Pain Along the Lymph Nodes
    • 7% Chills
    • 7% Swollen Mouth
  • People who have experienced severe mouth pain had symptoms persist for:

    • 42% Less Than a Week
    • 24% Less Than a Day
    • 16% Over a Month
  • People who have experienced severe mouth pain were most often matched with:

    • 25% Acute Necrotizing Ulcerative Gingivitis (Anug)
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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