Bone Fragment Stimulated Ulcer
Ulcers in and around the mouth can be very common, and many are caused by viruses or localized trauma that just need time to heal on their own, but not always. This patient came in with a painful ulcer on the bottom left of his mouth. At first, it appeared to be a standard ulcer so normal treatment for a viral ulcer was performed. Unfortunately, standard treatment did not have any effect and the ulcer persisted. With a bit of time, a sharp edge started to appear within the ulcer. Upon close examination, a small bone fragment was noted. With the removal of the fragment, the area healed quickly. So the lesson from this case is, if you have a sore that does not heal within a normal time frame (3-14 days), please have it checked by your dentist ASAP as it may be a condition that requires assistance to heal.