What is the prognosis of burning mouth syndrome (BMS)?

Updated: Apr 15, 2021
  • Author: Vincent D Eusterman, MD, DDS; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
  • Print


Because burning mouth syndrome (BMS) is a chronic pain syndrome, patients must have realistic expectations of the natural course of their condition. For patients with primary burning mouth syndrome (BMS), an estimated 50-66% may have improvement in symptoms after 6-7 years. [21] A small study of 32 patients reported near universal improvement in symptoms within 16 weeks for patients receiving ongoing multidisciplinary treatment. [56] Spontaneous remission is rare but does occur in roughly 3% of patients. [57] These findings are similar to other idiopathic chronic pain syndromes and support the idea that treatment should be individualized based on symptoms. Continued follow-up is also likely help patients with management of symptoms.

Did this answer your question?
Additional feedback? (Optional)
Thank you for your feedback!