Oral Ulcerations

Oral ulcerations may be of unknown etiology (aphthous), or associated with a variety of viral or bacterial infections, or in rare instances, drug reactions. In this module, we will address only aphthous ulcers in detail.

Types of Oral Ulcerations

  • Aphthous
  • Traumatic
  • Viral
    • Herpes
    • Coxsackie
    • Other
  • Bacterial
  • Drug reaction
  • Systemic illness, e.g. oral ulcers seen in Crohn's or celiac disease

Herpetiform Aphthae of the Soft Palate

Appearance is Similar to Herpangina

Ellen Eisenberg, DMD
Ellen Eisenberg, DMD

Traumatic ulcer caused by biting after local anesthesia for a dental restoration

Joanna Douglass, BDS, DDS
Joanna Douglass, BDS, DDS