I had tooth filling done and noticed gray and white spots on my inner cheek. What could it be?

Q. What could cause gray and white spots on the inner cheek after a restoration?

Answered by
Dr. Achanta Krishna Swaroop
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Mar 02, 2023

Hello doctor,

After receiving a filling, I noticed gray and white spots on my inner cheek. However, I am not sure if it is a serious issue.

Kindly help.



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Thank you for your query.

I understand your concern. I am a maxillofacial surgeon and will give you your answer.

Hello doctor,

Thank you for your reply.



Welcome to icliniq.com.

Thank you for your query.

I understand your concern. So, I think it is best to visit an oral surgeon and get the biopsy done if required after a clinical examination. If your surgeon feels that a biopsy is not required and the lesion is just benign or self-limiting, then you have nothing to worry about. But according to the extent of the white and gray patches, it seems quite extensive, even for an acute lesion. Also, because it is an acute lesion, do not take any stress. Your cheek lesion would also have a very good prognosis to respond to treatment. I will not suggest any gel, mouthwash, or another home-based strategy because it might complicate or worsen the white cheek plaques.

So get it examined, especially the consistency of the lesion will be checked, and if needed, a biopsy will be done. Then you will get to know what kind of cells or what kind of oral reaction you have experienced. Accordingly, you will be treated by the surgeon. Multiple oral white lesions are of allergic or inflammatory nature. My impression is of an acute white lesion that is bilateral on your buccal mucosa.

I hope this has helped you. Thank you.

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