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

Updated: Jan 22, 2018
  • Author: Vincent D Eusterman, MD, DDS; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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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. [20] A small study of 32 patients reported near universal improvement in symptoms within 16 weeks for patients receiving ongoing multidisciplinary treatment. [54] Spontaneous remission is rare but does occur in roughly 3% of patients. [55] 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.


Source Article: Burning Mouth Syndrome: Treatment & Management

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