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i have a hard lump on my gum

A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
39 years experience Dentistry
Exostosis: Yes, it is normal. The exostosis (bony protuberance) can grow. If it becomes bothersome, it can be shaved down under local anesthetic.
Dr. Ronald Smith
39 years experience Dentistry
Needs more info: This situation requires a clinical exam and possibly X rays. You really need to have it reevaluated by your dentist.

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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
39 years experience Dentistry
A few thoughts...: Could be an abscess, could be a bony protrusion, could be fibrous tissue. Have a dentist take a look for a proper diagnosis.
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
35 years experience Dentistry
Hard lump: There are a number of things that can cause a hard lump. Infection is one cause but the only way to determine what is causing this is by seeing a den ... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Miller
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Oral surgeon: without a photo this could be an abscess, cyst, or soft tissue growth- seek oral surgeon for evaluation.
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Dr. Howard Shapiro
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Not likely to be bad: Since this appeared after the tooth broke, it is likely to be related to that problem. Without going to a list of potential causes, it is not likely ... Read More
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Dr. Gary Sandler
53 years experience Dentistry
Abscess? Tori?: My guess would be an abscess although it could be a number of other things. It could also be a torus which is merely some extra bone and a variant of ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Manami Yamaguchi
24 years experience Dentistry
See a dentist ASAP: Without seeing the lump to learn its exact location, color, as well as (important!) x-ray films, only general observation can be listed. This means yo ... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. David Nutter
44 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
Usually scar tissue: If it is on the inside of the cheek it is usually a little fibrous (scar) tissue from an injury such as biting your cheek. It can also be a mucocele ( ... Read More
A 56-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Vito
36 years experience Prosthodontics
See a dentist: Tis can be a ruptured salivary gland or a callous type tissue formation. Either way it should be evaluated for treatment.
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Lump: If there was a trauma to the mucosa and it heals within a week or so - assessment may not be required. If it is not healing or is just a component of ... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Munshower
29 years experience Family Medicine
I do not know: A lump as you describe would need to be examined in person and possibly even biopsied to definitively diagnose what it is. Best for you to see the dr ... Read More
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A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Chrisman
32 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
Need clinical exam: See your dentist for a diagnosis and treatment. Swellings in the mouth could be many different situations. Pain is an indicator that something is wr ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Gordon
42 years experience Dentistry
Possibly: But often they are soft swellings- see photograph. You need to see a dentist for a thorough evaluation to determine exactly what itbis and to perfo ... Read More

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