A 21-year-old female asked:
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i have a painful tight feeling in my upper left jaw and gums. it also developed a mass and it is bloody after brushing my teeth. i hope it not cancer?

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Dr. Sheree Cloer
18 years experience Family Medicine
Sounds like: Possible infection, maybe an abscess. Please see a dentist as soon as possible.
Answered on May 10, 2014
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Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
35 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Unlikely: Actually highly unlikely. BUT certainly check with your dentist to know for sure. And let him/her know and do not keep it a secret.
Answered on Jul 19, 2017
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Dr. Lorrie Mcgill
25 years experience Family Medicine
Wisdom teeth?: The first question is do you still have your wisdom teeth? They may be trying to come in, but that one may be hooked up under the molar in front of it causing an impacted tooth. This can cause an abscess which can cause pain, swelling, bleeding, enlarged lymph nodes, and weight loss from not being able to eat normally.
Answered on Jul 19, 2017
Dr. Robert Mokbel
41 years experience Dentistry
See your Dentist: It is impossible to say what you have, it could be an abscess , a bacterial infection or as you say an unusual mass or enlarged tissue. Must see the dentist to figure it out, and the sooner the better it will not go away by itself.
Answered on Jul 19, 2017
Dr. Arnold Malerman
52 years experience Orthodontics
Oral mass: Unless you are immune-supressed, smoke, or abuse alcohol, chances are you are dealing with a treatable infection rather than cancer. Please see a Dentist for differential diagnosis and then appropriate treatment or referral. The longer you put this off, the more damage the infection can cause.
Answered on Oct 23, 2017

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