I have an annoying problem. I have a tendency to bite the inside of my lip , usually while eating, but sometimes at odd times when I’m distracted. It hurts like hell, my lip starts swelling, and it affects my ability to play. It plays havoc with rehearsals and gigs.
I have a full set of ceramic teeth, top and bottom (because of my age), which are bolted onto my jaw, and I suspect that since my body didn’t actually make them, it doesn’t recognize them, and if I’m even just a tiny bit unmindful while eating, the next thing I know is excruciating pain. As it swells, the chances are I do the same thing again just minutes later.
My question is: does anyone else have a similar problem? If so, have you found a solution? Any suggestions are very welcome.
This is a very annoying problem. Since you have had periodontal work, it seems that the periodontist should be required to fix this problem. I am inclined to think the ceramic teeth are not aligned properly and you are suffering from misalignment (malocclusion) and it has little to do with them not being natural teeth.
One other problem (as you point out) is that when tissue is damaged from biting the inside of the cheek or the lips, we are likely to bite this area again because of the swelling whether one has implants or natural teeth. Treat the wound immediately:
1. Rinse your mouth with warm salt water right after meals. Saltwater rinses may help healing. …
2. Eat soft foods that are easy to swallow.
3. Avoid foods or drinks that might sting. …
4. Try using a topical medicine, such as Orabase, to reduce mouth pain.
5. It may help to cool the inside of your mouth with a piece of ice or a flavored ice pop.
6. Take an over-the-counter pain reliever.
How long have you had these implants?
Not a dentist or health care provider, just an interested person, seek the advice of your physician.
Thank you very much, Ronald, for your good advice. I certainly will do the hygiene steps that you advise. Living in the UK, and with no private medical insurance, I went to Hungary to have the implants, for about a quarter of the cost of UK dentistry. I’m sure what I ended up with is about as good as it’s possible to get, and the dentist had 25 years of experience with implants. I have retired and no longer have the income to go and have them seen to. However, I have found a product called Iglu, which coats the injury and numbs it, also speeding up the healing.
I think I must train myself to be very mindful, and if I’m eating, not to do anything else at the same time.
I’m sorry to hear this is an issue, Stan. It has been a while, but it has happened to me several times. I have bitten the lips and the cheeks. I realized that it is most likely to happen to me when eating in a hurry and/or eating while distracted. Chewing gum has caused it before as well especially while talking with gum in my mouth. I learned to eat more slowly and to avoid multitasking while eating, i.e. working at the computer while trying to eat quickly. I will copy a link to a product I have used with great success that helps with healing and numbs the tissues as well. Hope this helps! Eric
I think the mindfulness is probably the key. I haven’t done it for over a week, so fingers crossed that the mindfulness and the self-hypnosis are working. I’ll have a look at that product, also. Thanks.