Sharp Cusp Tips

The cusp is the elevated part of a tooth's biting surface. When this cusp is sharp, it can injure your cheeks or tongue while chewing, resulting in oral ulcers. These sharp cusp tips can be rounded off by a dentist.

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I have a cusp of Carabelli on my back molar. Should I get it trimmed?

Query: Hello doctor,I have a Carabelli cusp on my back molar and a number of dentists have suggested shaving it down. How much should they trim? Also, would it feel rough and sharp? Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hiello, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. It is a normal anatomical entity found in approximately five to 15 percent of the population. So there is no need to shave it off if it is not making any functional hindrance. Otherwise, you can shave it off till...  Read Full »

I have had persistent pain due to white thrush on my tongue for one month. Why am I getting this?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been suffering from persistent pain due to white thrush on my tongue for one month. So I just want to know why I am getting this? Would you please help me with this? I also have a viral cough, so I am currently using Tablet Amoxicillin.  Read Full »

Dr. Rakshana Devi M

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I saw your query. I saw the picture attached (attachment removed to protect patient identity). I will help you solve your doubts. Your tongue looks quite normal, so do not worry. It will not be a serious complication. Check if any teeth are scratching on the tongue. ...  Read Full »

Do white patches in the mouth indicate fungal infection?

Query: Hello doctor, I have developed a few white patches in my mouth for few days. The image is attached herewith. Is it just a fungal infection or something else? What medicine do you suggest? There is no pain or bleeding. It is not increasing in size. I never had anything like this previously. I never s...  Read Full »

Dr. Kumar Ashutosh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Please let me know following things. Exactly for how long has this lesion been there? Is this kind of lesion present in any other site in the mouth? Is there a sharp tooth near the lesion? Is there any history of toothbrush trauma? Also, please send a clear image of ...  Read Full »

Kindly suggest a good treatment for the painful red and white bumps on my tongue.

Query: Hello doctor,I have had red and white bumps on my tongue for the past week. They are painful, sensitive to touch and hurt while eating hot, cold, and spicy food.Thanks.  Read Full »

Dr. Ranjit Peter

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. The common causes for these localized inflammatory lesions on the tip of your tongue are as follows; 1) Irritation against sharp teeth edges. 2) Accidental burns due to sipping hot liquids. 3) Vitamin deficiency. 4) Minor v...  Read Full »

What causes tongue soreness?

Query: Hi doctor,I have a sore tongue of unknown cause, which is not painful. I never had this issue before. I do not take any medications for this.Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Bharat Joshi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I hope I can lessen your discomfort. The soreness you have seems to be a traumatic ulcer due to either hot food intake or injury caused by a sharp tooth. Do not worry. I suggest you take tablet Zincostar or Zincovit (Vitamin A, B complex, C, D, E and minerals magnes...  Read Full »

I have intense pain in my lower wisdom teeth. How to manage it?

Query: Hi doctor, I am having intense pain in my lower wisdom tooth that is making my neck, shoulder, and head hurt badly. This just started up around 6 PM today. I have been taking Ibuprofen, but nothing is working. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Geethanjali. S. S

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Considering your age, your lower wisdom tooth should be erupting to its position. The pain is due to the soreness of the gums around the tooth as the wisdom tooth erupts. Also, when the upper last molar on that side hits the lower gum region, it causes injury and hence th...  Read Full »

What are the causes of inner cheek pain?

Query: Hello doctor, My wisdom tooth is a tiny bit crooked so it scraped my cheek. Now the tooth is straighter but still it hurts. What is it?   Read Full »

Dr. Avinash Bettahalli

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The condition which you are reporting is called a cheek bite. I understand that it can be very annoying at times. The main and important cause for cheek bite is irregularly placed (buccally placed, meaning placed towards the cheeks) teeth. The most common teeth or tooth...  Read Full »

Can oral mucocele recur at the same region in the mouth?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been diagnosed with oral mucocele on the lower lip before three months. I underwent surgery to remove the lesion and it was sent for histopathological examination. The exam report suggested it as a simple retention cyst and the excision was complete. After eight to nine days of su...  Read Full »

Dr. Dhivya Priya. J

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for giving me a chance to answer your query and I will give my opinion. I have gone through your query and the picture attached (attachment removed to protect patient identity). I would also like to assure you that the condition is not associated with malignan...  Read Full »

There is a sore on my tongue which is recurring at the same spot. Is it cancer?

Query: Hi doctor,The lateral edge of my tongue has a sore which is recurring on the same spot from the last six months and it is painless. It gets cured but keeps coming back after some days. I consulted a few ENT doctors. I was given a vitamin tablet, but nothing helped. My uric acid level is 9.2 and ...  Read Full »

Dr. Priyanka Aggarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to A recurring ulcer at the same site which is getting cured completely in between is a sign of some chronic irritation that might be due to a sharp tooth or tobacco use. As the ulcer gets healed, it means that it is not malignant. But, it would be better to get it examin...  Read Full »

What causes burning tongue with inflamed red bumps on it?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a burning tongue. I have had the burning sensation for about three weeks. I have small inflamed flat red bumps on the tip of my tongue and it looks smooth but only on the tip of my tongue. I have noticed a thickening on the right side of my tongue where the white line on the ...  Read Full »

Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Swellings over the tongue and buring sensation can be due to tons of reasons. Most of them are quite serious and need immediate attention. But in your case, it might be due to ulceration from the sharp tooth. Kindly feel the lower front teeth and upper and lower t...  Read Full »

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