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Thank you in advance for the answer to my question.
Recently I noticed a lump in the inner lower gum, underneath the third molar on the right side (as seen from my "point of view". It could be the second molar as on both lower gums one tooth had been extracted from each, and they seem to travel.) The lump has the following qualities: it seems to roll a bit under the skin when probed (skin is relatively loosened over it); normally it is painless but it is a little painful when pushed; and it is maybe about up to 1 cm in diameter, although that is hard to determine, could be less. It resides inside and on the side of the gum and protrudes some so it is detectable with the tongue. The tooth, below which the lump is, has a silver filling but has been slowly falling apart, although there is still enough left to securely hold the filling in place.
The lump is in the lower third to middle portion of the lower gum, and the mouth floor is not much lower.
On the other side of the lower gum, also in a similar location that seems to be below the third molar, is something that appears to be a small, almost immovable lump, harder than the one on the right. It is more securely fastened to the gum and is smaller. However, it is possible to tell that it would also roll under the skin if the skin were a bit more loose there.
On that, left side of the mouth I have a wisdom tooth that needs extracting and I have what I assume to be an enlarged lymph node in my ear due to that.
I was wondering if you could give me some pointers on what the right-hand-side gum lump could be. I am thinking that since there is also something on the left-hand-side, that it may be a lymph node that is acting due to the slow falling-apart of the tooth above it, but I am not sure. My attempts to find out information about lymph nodes in the mouth, and more particularly in the gums, produced no success online.
I am not a smoker or drinker. I had a negative brain CT scan done about 6 months ago and some X-rays for dental work at various times prior to that. That's all as far as my radiation exposure for the head area.
I am familiar with the normal process for investigations into these things: an X-ray, then a biopsy, but i don't want to get any more X-rays than i've already had unless it is indicated.
Thank you for your reply.This message has been edited. Last edited by: Anton,
I'm not sure quite how the health service works in the USA, but if you are worried then see your doctor and/or dentist. In the UK some dentists regularly check for any signs of mouth cancer, but I spotted mine and went to the doctors before my dentist had a chance to. It sounds as if you have quite a few dental issues anyway, so maybe you should make an appointment to see your dentist.
Sorry Anton, I've just realised that this was a question for Dr Joshi. I don't have any medical qualifications so I can't give you professional advice. I can ony say that for your own peace of mind it's worth getting things checked out.
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