Bumps on Tongue
Every tongue has small bumps called papillae. These bumps are completely normal and necessary to the proper function of the tongue. Papillae give your tongue its characteristic rough texture, and contain taste buds and temperature sensors. Occasionally, these bumps can become enlarged, or you may notice other bumps. While the causes for these bumps are rarely serious, they should be evaluated by Dr. Frame, our expert in treatment of bumps on tongue in Santa Clara, if they persist, grow, spread, or interfere with your ability to eat.
Dr. Frame, our expert in treatment of bumps on tongue in Santa Clara, will first examine your tongue to determine if there is an underlying cause for the bumps. Dr. Frame will look for any discoloration, pain, or other symptoms and make a note of the size, location and color of the bumps. In some cases, papillae simply become irritated and swollen. This is often due to stress or hormones, but it is rarely serious and will usually clear up on its own. Children can develop a similar condition associated with viral infections and may benefit from salt water rinses and a cold diet for a few days or weeks until it clears up.
Tongue bumps can also be associated with other issues as well, and may not be linked to papillae at all. If Dr. Frame, our expert in treatment of bumps on tongue in Santa Clara, determines you have another condition, he will recommend a treatment specifically designed to treat that issue. Conditions associated with bumps on the tongue include:
• Lichen planus
• Oral thrush
• Canker sores
• Oral cancer
Most causes of tongue bumps are minor and respond well to conservative treatments. Dr. Frame, our expert in treatment of bumps on tongue in Santa Clara, may prescribe medication, a special mouthwash, or laser treatments to manage symptoms and alleviate the tongue bumps. Good dental hygiene will not necessarily eliminate the bumps, but it can help promote healing and reduce the risk of complications, such as infection.
Call us today to learn more or to schedule your next appointment with our dentist, Dr. Alan Frame.