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Hard white bump on gum

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Susieq45

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A month ago I had a very sore back molar. I noticed a bump on my gum that made me go to the dentist. He sent me to a root specialist since that molar was a root canal tooth. It could not be saved so I was sent back to my dentist.. I then had the tooth extracted three weeks ago. The bump is still there. It's hard, very hard. The dentist at first said it's a boney growth.. the the root specialist said a sinititis? Then my hygienist called it a fistula.. so I'm beyond worried and confused. If it's a fistula the tooth extraction should have taken care of that right? I went to my dentist last week and he said it's healing fine. I don't like looking at my tooth extraction site but I did last night and saw the bump. It hasn't changed in size, color or feel. What is this thing?

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It's probably one of the things you were told, unfortunately without seeing you it's kind of hard to say which one it is :)
 
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It's probably one of the things you were told, unfortunately without seeing you it's kind of hard to say which one it is :)
Thank you. I was wondering though if it is a fistula, why isn't it gone now that the tooth has been extracted?
 
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Just wanted to update for anyone that has the same issue. I went to my dentist this afternoon and it's a boney growth. I believe he called it a Tori.. I was just so glad it wasn't a fistula. Lol. We did an x-ray to check the surrounding teeth.. just in case and he said yep it's not a fistula. :) Take care everyone.
 
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A genuine fistula can persist for a very long time after the source of the infection (a tooth usually) is removed, do you want the boring sciencey answer or just take my word for it :)
 
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