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Bumps on the back of my tongue

09/29/2006

Question:

I recently had root canal done, and my tongue feels like it has a cramp in it, why? Also I have these little red bumps on the back of my tonuge?? can you tell me anything about this?? Thanks!

Answer:

I really cannot say why your tongue feels like it gets a cramp. I don't think it is related to the root canal treatment.

The large red bumps on the back part of your tongue are taste buds. There are 4 types of taste buds on the tongue, and these are one type. They are called circumvallate papillae and are in a curved row at the very back part of the tongue. There are only about a dozen of them.

If you are still worried about the appearance of your tongue, have your dentist evaluate the area.

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Response by:

John M Nusstein, DDS John M Nusstein, DDS
Associate Professor of Endodontics
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University