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The upper left side of my gum (all the way in the back

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The upper left side of my gum (all the way in the back behind the last molar) is swollen, tender and a little painful. I wouldn't be concerned as my gums can be sensitive, but the tip of my tongue is numb off and on, as well as both sides of my upper lip. It's not a major numbness, but I definitely feel it. This his been happening since lunch. I think I remember this happening once or twice before in the last 6 months. Can you tell me what could be going on here and what doctor I should see? Thanks.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Saha replied 2 years ago.


Thank you for your question.

I am Dr Saha, I shall try my best to help you.

Swelling of the gum can come from an infection, inflammation.

Allergy can cause swelling.

Allergy can also cause a numb feeling.

Allergy is a common cause.

Besides this, among other medical cause, some deficiency state like calcium, sodium, potassium, etc, can cause numb feeling.

Hyperventilation can also be a cause of numbness.

Diabetes is another cause.

Neurological conditions needs to be excluded too

I would suggest to consult your primary doctor for examination and investigations.

He can then refer you to specialist, if necessary.

I hope this information helps.

If there’s anything else I can do, please let me know.

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