A 33-year-old female asked:
is it safe to order silver nitrate sticks online and apply it to a canker sore under my tongue without going to the dentist?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Mark Diamond answered
46 years experience Pediatrics
Not really: Not really.Silver nitrate is very caustic and can cause serious burns if applied improperly.Best done by an experienced hand.
Answered on Sep 27, 2017
Dr. John Thaler answered
41 years experience Prosthodontics
Not good idea: I suppose you could do that, but i would not advise it. Silver nitrate sticks work well for active bleeding, but likely would not do much more that make this sore hurt more and possibly delay healing.Better to rinse with salt water. You can apply orajel to the area for comfort while eating if needed. Dry with cotton tip and apply. Anything stronger and you risk increased irritation.
Answered on Sep 9, 2017
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