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Damn, forgot. It also has a 'boney' feel to it.
 
Posts: 2 | Location: Manchester, UK | Registered: 11 September 2006Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Hello Gil

It is probably a normal structure since: (1) your dentists haven't commented and (2) it hasn't grown.

There is a bump of extra bone called a torus that is normally present in the midline of the hard palate, it may be minimal or very enlarged. For more information and pictures of normal appearances, please see Fig. 1.24 and Fig. 1.25 in this article called Examination Technique with Normal Findings and Structures Mistaken for Disease. Click for more!

If concerned, please see your dentist for reassurance.

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: 3902 | Location: St Luke's Hospital, Bradford and Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield | Registered: 14 December 2002Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Hi,

I'm gonna copy and paste a question I posed in a room that I couldn't get into (I'm lazy...lol)
(I'm American, so these are American measurements)


Having reviewed a few of the answers regarding this topic, I thought I'd ask the same things, but more specific to my case.

I have a large lump on the right side of the roof of my mouth. It measures about 1.25" X 1" X .25" (thick). It does not hurt and it is soft. It began less than 1 year ago.

I'm 51 years old and have worn upper dentures for about 6 years. I have never had them relined but have been using SeaBond to form them to my mouth.

There is no discoloration of the lump.

Perhaps this more detailed description may help me or others who are concerned about mouth cancer (I smoke). I'm almost homeless and cannot afford to consult a doctor. Any thoughts?

Thank you.
 
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Hello Marlin

It could be fibrous hyperplasia (flabby gum tissue) or not. A diagnosis cannot be made over the internet, so be sensible and see a dentist about it. Better to borrow some money and pay for your well-being.

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: 3902 | Location: St Luke's Hospital, Bradford and Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield | Registered: 14 December 2002Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Hey all,

I also have a hard red bump on the roof of my mouth just a bit off centre and close to the gum, it just appeared up outa nowhere 2 days ago and right now it is throbing and causing a fair bit of pain, the pain has only started now also.

just wondering what it could be..
 
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Hi jazza 36

Please get it checked out by your dentist or general doctor get them to refer you to a specialist if need be to find out what it could be as soon as possible please dont wait to seek medical advice.

Mel xx
 
Posts: 77 | Location: London | Registered: 05 September 2006Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I had EXACTLY what many people are mentioning
about a recurring bb like bump on the roof of my mouth on the soft pallet. I went through so much to find out what was causing thins. I was tested for all sorts of things like Herpes and Syphilis. The Doctors opted to remove the bump but I said no. I knew that removing it would not do a darn thing since it just kept coming back in the same exact spot. The bump did not really hurt. Nine months later, I started to get a pain back there and then swelling began around that side. Finally fever stricken and in a haze, I was sent to an ENT who took a CT and found that there was a cyst in my sinus maxillary cavity that was causing the bump and my other problems. The infection had also made the one adenoid on that side swell. I was given Nasonex, a heavy-duty antibiotic (took care of that nine month recurring bump), and a type of steroid to take care of the inflammation. I feel OODLES better. I am passing the word on that sinus problems can cause mouth problems and mouth problems can cause sinus problems.
***Go to an ENT(ears nose and throat doctor, for those who are not familiar with the acronym)!
 
Posts: 1 | Location: L.A., California | Registered: 01 October 2006Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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As the name implies, I'm a little worked up. Reason being ...I was eating dinner a short while ago, and realized a bump/lump just left of centre towards the back of my hard palate. I had felt something very similar to this (and likely the exact same) a while back, but I assumed it had disappeared (I had totally forgotten about it), but seeing as how I never really noticed anything, I'm assuming it had got up and left so to speak. The new bump feels (and maybe it's my mind being trick) smaller in the morning ...it felt much smaller yesterday evening (after 4 days or so of having it), but today it is back at around double the size (or so) it was initially. It appears to be a pink sized bump, again about the size of a bb. I do have grave concerns, and am going to meet my physician some time soon. I guess my question is, do I have a legitimate reason to be worried?

For all its worth, I'm an 18 year old male, who doesn't smoke, and has less than 1 drink every 2 weeks. I have had salivary stones before, as well as sinus infections if that is at all relevant to oral cancer.

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Hello workedup

It is unlikely to be a mouth cancer but it is always wiser to have your doctor or dentist examine it. So you are doing the right thing by arranging to see your doctor. Vigilance is a virtue. Do let us 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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I hate to write again ...but still no answers. I went to a doctor, he told me it looks like an irritation and to give it 1-2 weeks. I gave it 10 days, and the bump was less pronounced and closer towards the front of the palate (maybe by a 1/2 cm or so). However, I have had sinusitis ...or siunsitis like symptoms since mid-August, and wanted to get that checked out. AS WELL, it feels as though I have salivary stone(s) again in the right Submandibular gland. On this second trip to the doctor, he said the lump (on the palate) doesn't feel like cancer, he sent me for X-Rays (to be done tomorrow) for the potential salivary stone, and gave me nasal spray and Reactine for the (potential) chronic sinusitis.

Thats all well and good, but after leaving his office, I started to get the feeling that something was stuck in my throat very near to the top of my esophagus. I am aware this is "one of the symptoms". It went away after an hour or two, but then the next day (today), it has recurred, and seems to be staying there.

I suppose what I am getting at ...is this exceptionally quick on coming of "symptoms" ...is that normal in oral cancer patients, or does this sound more like a compilation of a multitude of minor problems.

Admittedly, I'm VERY worried, and realize that at my age, and my health habits it is very unlikely, but with the sinus issues, the throat thing, and the small bump on the roof of my palate, I can't get the idea off my mind.

Thanks again for listening.
 
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Hello workedup

Please arrange to see an ENT specialist for a definitive diagnosis and your own peace of mind. Let us 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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I appreciate the advice, and have tried to follow it. However, I reside in Canada, and we cannot go directly to any specialist initially. Thus, I need a refferal. I have gone to 3 seperate doctors, telling neither of the other, even requesting to see the ENT, but all I am told is, "too come back in 2 weeks". Or, in the case of one of them, 6 weeks. They all (and myself admittedly) see the bump/lump as likely non-threatening, but it HAS grown slightly, and unfortuantely they refuse to give me a referral to the ENT, even though neither one are sure what it is. I just hope this isn't valuable time being wasted.

Anyways, just wanted to keep you posted, and thanks again for all your words.
 
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I realize it serves me nothing to keep adding to this, but it is the one place I feel comfortable forwarding all that I am concerned with, so with that said, here's the latest.

I'm not sure if I should be less worried or more worried, but today, very suddenly...basically out of nowhere, a SECOND bump/lump virtually identical in feel to the first popped up roughly a half centimetre in front of it. I am still trying to see an ENT (it is incredibly difficult in this country as you consistently get turned away), but my fears seem to be growing, and I'm not sure if it's justified. Sorry to waste anybody's time with this, but I do feel better typing about it. Thansk again.
 
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Hello workedup

Your descriptions of your bump(s) are baffling to me. Can't think of what they might be other than minor salivary glands selling and discharging or what, I don't know! Only good thing is that it still doesn't seem like like you are describing a cancer! Let us know what it is, when you find out. Do get it seen to, and get a diagnosis.

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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Two years ago, I had a hard lump in the center of the roof of my mouth. All five of my kids had different upper respiratory illnesses, including strep. I was not sure if the lump had always been there, so I did nothing. It was the size of a pea, became sore and soft, I pushed on it with my tongue, it shrank in half, became hard again and painless, and disappeared after 3 months.

That's when I realized my mouth was not shaped that way and that it was a growth. There were no lumps or bumps remaining for over a year.

After eating Gardenia, I got it again or maybe just noticed it. I have had this one for four months and it is finally shrinking. This one has never gone soft and is not painless, although it is in the same place as the other one. It is quite large, about the size of a dime and protrudes down. Off center, there is a smaller bump on the lump much like the bb size everyone is describing.

My doctor was not concerned and said it was probably a cyst and did not think it was cancer at all. The last two weeks I have had a cold and it has gone down a little bit as if the snot is cleaning it!! It leaves a horrible taste and smell in my mouth.

Things that seem to help the bump shrink: 12 hour Sudafed, flouride rinse mouthwash, and nasal spray.

I found another doctor and he is sending me to an oral surgeon.
 
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