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Hard white lump under gum? (several years old)

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zdarlight

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Hi guys, I'm wondering if anyone might be able to shed any light on this / has a similar experience.

I have a lump under my gum. It's located in front of one of my lower molars, low down, almost on the junction with my lip/cheek. Having looked at a few pictures showing the anatomy of the jaw, it looks like it's about 5mm behind the 'mental foramen', further towards the back of my mouth... that kind of area. It's small (about 2-3mm), bone hard, round-ish, and blanches when pressed. It doesn't seem to be firmly attached to my gum or jaw bone, as I can wiggle it around a bit with my fingertip - it feels like it's not too far under the skin rather than actually embedded in my gum. It's painless unless I spend a lot of time fiddling with it, which will cause it to ache a little, though sometimes if I wiggle it around too hard it feels like it 'twangs' a nerve and makes the surrounding area briefly tingle.

It's been there for AT LEAST a couple of years, and has never grown any bigger. I'm not sure when it first appeared, but I do know that I had a very deep and nasty filling in the tooth that it's below, and that was a couple of years ago.

I asked my dentist about it around 18 months ago and he said it was nothing to worry about, unless it gets any bigger (which it hasn't). Though, for some reason, I've started to get worried about it lately (as you do, haha). Asked my new dentist a couple of weeks ago - she took some x-rays, said she couldn't see anything concerning and that it might just be something to do with the nasty filling I had there, checked all the surrounding teeth to see if they were okay and alive, which they were... but also said she'd write me a referral to a specialist just to check.

I haven't got this referral through yet, so now I'm getting more worried, and every time I google my symptoms it OBVIOUSLY suggests cancer. So what I'm looking for is anyone who might have the slightest idea of what this could be? Anyone had anything similar?
 
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carole

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Hi no one on here can tell you what it is as you really need to see someone that can do what you dentist has already done. If it has been there for two years and caused no problems it is unlikely to be cancer. I am not a dentist and it is just my opinion on the matter, you will get an appointment soon and they will be able to put your mind to rest.

Try not to think about it all the time and dwell on it, I know it is hard to do but do try. Please let us know how you get on :butterfly:
 
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kalcam

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Hello,

I have the exact same thing! Did you ever figure this out?


Hi guys, I'm wondering if anyone might be able to shed any light on this / has a similar experience.

I have a lump under my gum. It's located in front of one of my lower molars, low down, almost on the junction with my lip/cheek. Having looked at a few pictures showing the anatomy of the jaw, it looks like it's about 5mm behind the 'mental foramen', further towards the back of my mouth... that kind of area. It's small (about 2-3mm), bone hard, round-ish, and blanches when pressed. It doesn't seem to be firmly attached to my gum or jaw bone, as I can wiggle it around a bit with my fingertip - it feels like it's not too far under the skin rather than actually embedded in my gum. It's painless unless I spend a lot of time fiddling with it, which will cause it to ache a little, though sometimes if I wiggle it around too hard it feels like it 'twangs' a nerve and makes the surrounding area briefly tingle.

It's been there for AT LEAST a couple of years, and has never grown any bigger. I'm not sure when it first appeared, but I do know that I had a very deep and nasty filling in the tooth that it's below, and that was a couple of years ago.

I asked my dentist about it around 18 months ago and he said it was nothing to worry about, unless it gets any bigger (which it hasn't). Though, for some reason, I've started to get worried about it lately (as you do, haha). Asked my new dentist a couple of weeks ago - she took some x-rays, said she couldn't see anything concerning and that it might just be something to do with the nasty filling I had there, checked all the surrounding teeth to see if they were okay and alive, which they were... but also said she'd write me a referral to a specialist just to check.

I haven't got this referral through yet, so now I'm getting more worried, and every time I google my symptoms it OBVIOUSLY suggests cancer. So what I'm looking for is anyone who might have the slightest idea of what this could be? Anyone had anything similar?
 
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