Understanding Canker Sores - Yorktown Heights Dental - The Center for Holistic Dentistry

Focusing On Your Whole Body Health

Traducir al español: English | Spanish

There tends to be some confusion behind these uncomfortable and sometimes embarrassing sores that seem to appear out of nowhere. While there really isn’t any solid evidence as to what causes canker sores, which is part of what makes them a bit difficult to understand, at my Yorktown Heights dental office, we can shed some light on what they are and how to get relief.

 

What are Canker Sores?

Before we can dive into the causes, symptoms, treatments, and other great information about them, we need to identify what canker sores actually are. Canker sores are small, (usually) little ulcer-like lesions that typically pop up inside the mouth. If the affected area is outside on the lip, it’s probably not a canker sore but a cold sore. Cold sores and canker sores may appear similar in appearance and feel the same discomfort, but they are, in fact, different. Canker sores aren’t contagious. Cold sores are.

 

How Do You Know if You Have a Canker Sore?

Canker sores tend to have the same symptoms every time one appears. Sometimes you may experience an unexplained tingly or itchy feeling in your mouth. This can be a sign a canker sore is about to pop up. Once it appears, you’ll be able to see a small, oval sore with a white or yellow center and red border inside the mouth, usually around the spot that was itchy.

 

Canker Sore Relief

There is no cure for canker sores and they’ll go away on their own usually within a week or two. But that doesn’t mean you have to feel the discomfort for that long. There are products designed to ease the pain. If it’s a larger sore or you have concerns, you may want to see a dentist in Yorktown Heights.

 

When Should You See a Dentist for a Canker Sore?

If you experience any of the following symptoms, it’s appropriate to call your dentist for an appointment.

  • Sores that last longer than two weeks
  • Pain that can’t be handled with over-the-counter treatment
  • High fever
  • Chronic outbreaks

 

If you think you should see a dentist for your canker sore, or have questions about canker sores, give my Yorktown Heights dental office a call. We’ll be happy to help.

Accepting new patients from Yorktown Heights, Putnam Valley, Mahopac, Cortland, Croton, and Somers.

Your Top-Rated & New Favorite Dentist In Yorktown Heights, NY

"I can’t thank Dr. Lerner and his staff enough, notably his assistant Nicole for expertly handling my mercury filling removals.I had it done in 2 phases and they took very good care of me on both occasions. The whole office is very pleasant, so professional and I look forward to my visits. On this most recent cleaning appointment, Linda did my cleaning. She was gentle and thorough. Highly recommend."

- Vanessa R.

"Excellent experience during my initial consultation. The most complete examination I have ever had by a dentist, including full body muscle testing. This testing uncovered major alignment issues with my jaw which has been causing a lifetime of misalignment throughout the rest of my body. Dr. Lerner and his staff are outside the box thinkers and I am very happy I have found them."

- Greg R.

"Very professional and compassionate. Love the use of Nucalm, eye mask, calming music, and making removing my mercury fillings a pleasant experience. Well as pleasant as can be. Thank you!!!"

- Jodi B.

"Been seeing Dr Lerner since I was about 11 years old, I’m now 31! I continue to see Jane for cleanings and just did the zoom whitening treatment with them in preparation of my wedding- highly recommend!"

- Chloe L.

*The reviews listed are from actual patients of The Center For Holistic Dentistry. Individual results may vary. Reviews are not claimed to represent results for everyone.

Holistic Veterinarian Dr. Marty Goldstien, Oprah’s vet of choice, shares how it was Dr. Lerner’s expertise and shared holistic approach that made him trust his treatment.

Dana talks about her concerns about injections and pain and how Dr. Lerner’s holistic approach was reassuring to her.

What To Expect On Your First Visit

Our mission is to encourage full-body wellness through oral health while allowing you to feel heard and understand all your options. During your new patient exam, Dr. Lerner will spend time reviewing your health history, concerns, and goals. Your comprehensive exam will address items you may not have considered such as airway screening and dental materials sensitivity testing. We look forward to meeting you!

~|check~|font-awesome~|solid

Comprehensive Review Of Your Health History & Concerns

~|check~|font-awesome~|solid

Evaluation Of Teeth, Bite, Gums & Airway Passage

~|check~|font-awesome~|solid

Low Radiation Digital X-Rays

~|check~|font-awesome~|solid

Discover Your Options & Receive A Custom Treatment Plan