My gums feel tingly, what is this?

My gums feel tingly, what is this?

A tingling sensation in the gums is known as gum paresthesia. The condition usually begins with a tingling sensation and may progress to numbness, or you may experience a combination of numbness with a tingling when biting down or chewing. This occurs as the result of a sensory nerve becoming damaged. Damage may be the result of an injury, or could be a symptom of a serious underlying medical condition.

What medical conditions would cause my gums to tingle?

If your gums tickle or are numb, there are a number of conditions that may cause this:

  • Gum infections
  • Tooth nerve root compression due to an abscess
  • Herpes zoster
  • Diabetes
  • Alcoholism
  • Multiple sclerosis

My gums feel weird, what is the treatment?

Before a treatment for your tingling or numb gums can be implemented, your dentist will need to determine the cause. They will perform a thorough examination in order to rule out causes such as a tooth abscess or gum disease. If one of these two conditions is responsible for the condition, your teeth will be given a thorough cleaning, and the infection will be treated. You may be prescribed antibiotics, and in the case of tooth abscess the infection will need to be drained. Your dentist may also recommend a root canal in order to prevent the infection from coming back.

If the tingling sensation is not related to a dental health issue, you dentist will refer you to a medical practitioner who can identify and treat the underlying cause. Treatments for the condition will vary based on what is behind your gums feeling tingly.

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