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Hi, I discovered a small bump on the roof of my mouth a week ago and I didn't think much of it, now it has swelled to a larger size and has spread. I have a bump from a few years ago that is larger then this current one. It stopped growing quickly and didn't hurt so I didn't tell my dentist anything about it. This new bump is growing and it hurts a little but I have a scheduled dentist appointment on August 3 so I was thinking about waiting. Nothing else is happening to me that might signal anything very serious but I was very sick and had a sore throat before this so I was wondering if it was a sort of infection or something else.
 
Posts: 1 | Location: United States | Registered: 24 July 2011Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Hi

It's really hard to say what this lump might be. It's only a week and a half away, so please don't postpone your dentist appointment, especially if the lump is painful. Even if he (or she) doesn't know what it is, you can get a referral to an oral surgeon or other kind of specialist.

I'd like to make a suggestion concerning the pain. If it hurts too much to use lozenges like Sucrets, you might want to try Chloraseptic spray (like people use for sore throats), aiming the spray at the roof of your mouth.

Please let us know how this turns out.

Julia


Howdilly doodilly, survivorinos!
 
Posts: 989 | Location: Hollywood on the Huron | Registered: 15 February 2008Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Recently came down with a cold. Had lots of drainage to the back of my throat. Had a sore throat as a result. During attempts to clear the drainage and congestion I noticed a small lump on the roof of my mouth. Its on the left hand side of my palette about midway between where my teeth are and where the soft tissue of my throat starts.

This lump was painful and then subsided. Its been 5 or 6 days since I noticed the lump, and its not growing or shrinking. Its gone from a dark red color to a lighter reddish/pink color.

The big caveat to this whole thing is that I have been using chewing tobacco off and on for about 10 years. By off and on I mean 9/12 months out of the year I'm chewing. I have had zero appetite for the tobacco since the arrival of the lump. I want to go see a physician or a dentist but am not sure who I should see first.

I'm also extremely scared of dentistry and this only compounds the fear.


Thanks in advance for reading this. any help would be greatly appreciated.
 
Posts: 1 | Location: Los Angeles | Registered: 11 August 2011Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Hi Evan

You might want to start out with the physician, just to make sure there's no sinus infection and treat it if there is. If it doesn't improve, the dentist should be the next step.

I understand being afraid of the dentist, but so much has changed for the better over the years, from anesthesia to treatment and pain control. No, it's not a walk in the park, but it's not as horrible as it used to be.

Congrats on quitting chewing tobacco, and good luck staying that way.

Let us know how things turn out.

Julia


Howdilly doodilly, survivorinos!
 
Posts: 989 | Location: Hollywood on the Huron | Registered: 15 February 2008Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Originally posted by bjc:
I don't normally drink or smoke, but it was my friends birthday a week ago and I did a little of both. A day or two afterward my mouth was really sore on the front left side like i had bruised it, and it would kind of effect my teeth, but when it did it would switch teeth. The day after the soreness started it felt more smooth and still hurt but mostly only when i applied pressure. A couple days after it felt smooth it swelled up quite a bit (like a really stiff blister) in the course of less than 24 hours. It's been swollen for a couple days now and it's driving me crazy, though the pain's not as bad as when it wasn't swollen at all. I wish I could pop it but it really doesn't feel close to popping at all. It hurts more when I eat (especially cold things) but it's kind of bearable except for that I'm so scared. I'm going to make a doctors appointment this week or next I think, but I was wondering if you could speculate on what it is or how if I should see the dentist/doctor/ent?

I thought it was an abscess maybe but none of my teeth hurt when I tap on them, and I thought maybe it was a blocked salivary gland (it's not discolored or warm like an abscess) but I just don't know. I took a picture, any help would be much much more than appreciated.

Thank you.

here's what it looks like -

http://img.photobucket.com/alb...es7he7ized/mouth.jpg


Holy Smokes - I know that I'm replying to an old post, but I have a lump just like this one in almost exactly the same spot. Can you please tell me what you learned about yours? Was it a cancer or what happened? Thank you.
 
Posts: 1 | Location: Texas | Registered: 16 August 2011Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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i had a small bump in my mouth like many described here. oral surgeon said it could be anything and that i should get it removed. I did and biopsy was negative. he said it could be scar tissue because the cells were "new." 4 weeks later, its back.. is this something that i should be worried about? i already made another appt to go back, but is this normal for saliva gland infection or wort?
 
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Hi I hope you can help. I am very anxious. I have been suffering from alot of neck pain for some time that seems to have moved into my back. I have 4 rotted teeth awaiting extraction and a Chronic abcess causing no pain. I had a long talk with my dentist who said that the neck pain is not caused by my rotted teeth. Is that correct? And now I get a lump in the roof of my mouth under the skin, i noticed this 2 days after taking amoxicillin for an infection, feels like it is attached to a vein if that makes sense, its feels oval in its shape and is situated nearer to the back on the left hand side. The dentist said I need to go to the doctor as it is not in a place that is attached to any teeth. Is this really bad news? Cant sleep please help.
 
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Hello Becky

Sorry to hear about your rotted teeth. The swelling in the roof of the mouth could possibly be related to an infection from a tooth in the front of the mouth tracking backwards. Ask your dentist to check for this. The neck pain is often related to muscle tension caused by strained head postures and/or clenching activity. Heat and massage can help with that.

Best wishes
Vinod Coffee


Disclaimer: Please see your own dentist/doctor for a proper diagnosis as my words should not, in any circumstances, be taken as dental/medical advice.

"If you see what is small as it sees itself, and accept what is weak for what strength it has, and use what is dim for the light it gives, then all will go well. This is called Acting Naturally."
Lao-Tsu, Tao Teh King
 
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Hi Dr, I am so glad you replied, how kind of you. I did exactly that and asked the dentist and he said it is not related to any teeth, I do indeed have a small pimple bag (urgh) at the front of the gums over the top of one 2nd to front tooth, the dentist said about that that its good in many respects as it is the infection releasing and thats why I wont have any pain there. Do you think its possible he has not attributed that to the lump? Although if thats the case then Im confused as he said very sternly it is NOT attached to any teeth? I dont have much faith in him for many reasons, but is it possible its that now I tell YOU he was firm on the NO.?
 
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Hi Becky

While the maxillary lateral incisor (upper left 2nd to front tooth) usually causes a labial swelling , it can cause a palatal abscess that is further back (known as a migratory abscess). Not all dentists may be aware of this.
See:


Best wishes
Vinod Coffee


Disclaimer: Please see your own dentist/doctor for a proper diagnosis as my words should not, in any circumstances, be taken as dental/medical advice.

"If you see what is small as it sees itself, and accept what is weak for what strength it has, and use what is dim for the light it gives, then all will go well. This is called Acting Naturally."
Lao-Tsu, Tao Teh King
 
Posts: 3907 | Location: St Luke's Hospital, Bradford and Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield | Registered: 14 December 2002Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Hi Dr,
Again thank you.
Wow that slideshow was difficult for a lay person to fathom lol. However I think what i took from it looking at the diagrams and photo is that further back means behind the teeth.?
My Lump is back past the teeth on the soft fleshy bit to the left but right back, to feel with my tongue I have to push my tongue backwards and up towards the back.
?? Can you tell Im anxious by speed of reply?
 
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and to add, looking at that picture the lump is situated where you cant see in the live photo, If I had a lump like that near my teeth I dont think I would worry so much an d attribute it to an absess. x
 
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Hi Becky

As it is not possible to make a diagnosis over the Internet, I suggest that you ask your doctor/dentist for an urgent referral to the local maxillofacial unit. If you already under review with them as I expect you are, call the hospital department yourself and explain your fears and ask for an appointment.

Let me know how you get on.

Best wishes
Vinod Coffee


Disclaimer: Please see your own dentist/doctor for a proper diagnosis as my words should not, in any circumstances, be taken as dental/medical advice.

"If you see what is small as it sees itself, and accept what is weak for what strength it has, and use what is dim for the light it gives, then all will go well. This is called Acting Naturally."
Lao-Tsu, Tao Teh King
 
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Hello again Dr Vinod, Sorry I have not replies sooner but have been having real problems this end. I have a question as the dentist nor the Doctor seem to be able to answer me this, in fact they keep refering me back and forth between themselves, the dentist saying its the doctor and the doctor saying you need to see your dentist. In all honesty they are wearing me out with the to and fro Im doing.
The question I have that Maxiofacial wont be able to answer for another 2 weeks until my appointment :/ Is it possible? That a absess on the lower right jaw, sitting under 4 rotted teeth that causes no pain yet I occasionally feel a throb under the jaw, and a face full of teeth that I have now found out are all infected, could cause pain in the neck which has been going on for some time, that has now spread to the shoulders and down the arms. The dentist says possible and the doctor says anatomically impossible??? Im so so confused. I know an abcess can spread to the brain (rare) but can, but can it start to travel down the neck and into the surrounding areas? I have wanted to say to my Doctor that I feel like Im being slowly poisoned but fear she may think Im stark raving bonkers. I feel very unwell with lots of symptoms.
Please help Doctor no one else seems to care. Frowner
 
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P.S I did call the hospital Maxiofacial dept myself twice and asked for my appointment to be brought forward and I actually pleaded with them and expalined everything, they still wouldnt help me!!! Frowner
 
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