The roof of your mouth refers to a bony plate at the top of your mouth. It also contains a softer area near the back. It serves as a barrier between your oral and nasal cavities, and it can become swollen from time to time. This swelling usually isn’t serious and will go away over time, but it can sometimes be a symptom of serious conditions. Your Birmingham dental team can help determine the cause of the swelling in the roof of the mouth if you have any concerns.

Causes of Swelling in the Roof of the Mouth

Swelling in the roof of your mouth can be caused by a few different factors, most of which can be easily treated. Most cases are caused by an injury to your mouth. Scratches can occur if you eat something rough. Burns are the result of eating or drinking something that is too hot before letting it cool off. Possible other cases are caused by canker sores, cold sores, or simple dehydration.

In some cases, the swelling in the roof of your mouth might be caused by underlying medical conditions such as oral cancer, viral hepatitis, or squamous papillomas that are brought on by the human papillomavirus (HPV). These are more serious conditions and you will need to seek treatment from a medical and dental professional.

Treatment Options

Swelling that is caused by an injury, or a cold or canker sore usually goes away in a few days. It won’t need any type of treatment. Drinking water and fluids with electrolytes can also help relieve symptoms if they are caused by dehydration. These simple options are adequate in most cases since it’s not a serious issue. However, if the swelling does not go away after a week or if you believe that you have an underlying medical condition, contact Dr. Roberson at Roberson Dental to make an appointment as soon as possible.

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