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Lump getting bigger in the roof of the mouth. Should I be worried?

Hi, for the past year, I ve had this small, bony-feeling lump on the roof of my mouth perhaps a few millimeters wide at most. I haven t paid it much mind, I just thought it was an oddly-placed torus. It hasn t felt like it s grown until recently, and I ve been poking and prodding it trying to figure out what it is. It s irritated now, and feels a bit larger, by a few millimeters. It s on the edge of my hard palate , left side of mouth, just where the soft palate starts. You need to press down on the soft palate to feel it. I took a flashlight to it, and now it resembles a zit. What is it?
Asked On : Mon, 10 Dec 2012
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Dentist 's  Response
Hello there ,

Thanks for writing your query,

Lump on the palate can be bony over-growth known as palatine torus....its nothing to worry about...it can be left there as it is or you can get it surgically excised.

Exact diagnosis can be made only after clinical examination and evaluation by taking radiographs.

i would suggest that you should consult a dentist & undergo proper examination by him....this would lead to correct diagnosis & would help in planning the correct treatment.

meantime mainatain good oral hygiene and avoid traumatising the area.

i hope this helps ,

take care.

Answered: Tue, 23 Apr 2013
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  User's Response
Hello dear
As per information provided by you it seems that this swelling is an enlargement of palatal salivary gland and as you irritated it so now some secondary infection has occured and it is enlarging.So my dear first of all stoo thinking about it, apply OTC available anaesthetic and antibiotic gel like dologel CT OR Metrohex etc thrice daily, do warm saline rinses 3 to 4 times and relax.
If condition start improving in 7 days its fine otherwise take consultation of dentist.
Best
Dr. Amit k. Gaba
Answered: Mon, 22 Apr 2013
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Dentist Dr. Khushboo Bhatia's  Response
Lump on roof of mouth can be there because of some trauma to the roof of mouth or can occur because of impingement of some sharp food stuff there. It can also be a canker sore. Bump on palate can also be there due to infection in the gum or tooth or can be torus palatinus. Trauma to roof of mouth can lead to pain and soreness and can cause swelling which usually regresses on its own in some time. Sharp food stuff impinging can also lead to pain and swelling of the area and after removal of impinging stuff, pain regresses. It can also be canker sores which are self limiting. Without clinical examination, it is difficult to give definite diagnosis. You can visit your dentist for evaluation. By the time you visit a dentist; you can apply orajel over it or can take otc pain med for some relief. Doing warm saline rinses may provide some relief.
Answered: Mon, 10 Dec 2012
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Dentist Dr. Gunjan Gupta's  Response
Hello,
Thanks for writing in.
I read your problem,it seems that it is normal structure in your oral cavity.
You did not mention that is there any pain?
If not ,there is no problem.
If yes you need to visit a dentist in your area and get the thorough examination done.
Nothing to get worried.
Take Care.
Dr.Gunjan Gupta
Answered: Mon, 10 Dec 2012
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  Anonymous's Response
hiii
the bony feeling you are mentioning can be bony over-growth known as palatine torus....its nothing to worry about...it can be left there as it is or you can get it surgically excised.

you didn't mentioned about the pain....well if you are not experiencing any pain then it can be due trauma.

whats your dentition status...i mean to ask are all your teeth erupted....if not then it may be any cyst related to impacted tooth.

i would suggest that you should consult a dentist & undergo proper examination by him....this would lead to correct diagnosis & would help in planning the correct treatment.
Answered: Tue, 25 Dec 2012
Dentist Dr. Qazi Ammara's  Response
Hi,

Thanks for posting the query,

Lump on the roof of the mouth can be a minor salivary gland swelling due to inflammation of salivary gland due to bacterial and viral infection.
It can be due to trauma, injury by some food products, cracked tooth syndrome, noncancerous growth of minor salivary gland.
Infected tooth may also drain its abscess in the area.

I would suggest you to get a thorough clinical examination done by a Oral Surgeon and take an OPG Radiograph depending upon which the diagnosis and treatment plan will be decided.

Hope this helps out.

Regards..
Answered: Mon, 22 Apr 2013
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Dentist Dr. Qazi Ammara's  Response
Hi,

Thanks for posting the query,

Lump on the roof of the mouth can be a minor salivary gland swelling due to inflammation of salivary gland due to bacterial and viral infection.
It can be due to trauma, injury by some food products, cracked tooth syndrome, noncancerous growth of minor salivary gland.
Infected tooth may also drain its abscess in the area.

I would suggest you to get a thorough clinical examination done by a Oral Surgeon and take an OPG Radiograph depending upon which the diagnosis and treatment plan will be decided.

Hope this helps out.

Regards..
Answered: Mon, 22 Apr 2013
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Dentist Dr. Bindiya Bhaskar's  Response
Hello,
Thanks for writing your query.
The lump at the roof of mouth may be due to -
Spread of periodontal infection.
Spread of periapical abscess into tissue spaces as well as into sinuses.
Infection of minor salivary glands due to trauma or any blockadeof ducts.
I would advice you to get a thorough clinical evaluation by your dentist.
Meanwhile maintain good oral hygiene.
Avoid impinging on the swollen area.
Hope this helps.
Answered: Mon, 22 Apr 2013
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Dentist Dr. Benley George's  Response
Hi,
The description provided shows that it could be a bony prominence or Torus palatinus. Anyway get your self examined by a dentist to determine if it is a normal structure or a tumor. Investigations like x ray could provide an insight into the problem. Get an examination done at the earliest without any further delay.

Regards
Answered: Mon, 22 Apr 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement Dr. Saurabh Gupta's  Response
Feb 2014
Hello and Welcome to HCM,
Thanks for writing to us.
There are several causes of the bump on the roof of the mouth. Some common reasons are torus palatinus, growths in the maxillary sinus, tooth abscess, etc.
The treatment for the bumps on roof of the mouth depends on underlying causes. In the torus palatinus, it is not necessary to surgery if the bump is not too large, however, if it is creating problem to swallowing food, then it is better to be removed by the surgery. If there is tooth abscess, then it is better to visit a dentist and get the treatment with antibiotics and by the root canal treatment. Disorder like the maxillary sinus cancer, the best way is to visit the dentist and diagnose the condition as early as possible.
Hope this helps you.
Wishing you good health...
Regards.
Answered: Tue, 23 Apr 2013
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Dentist Dr. Neha Sumra's  Response
Hello
Welcome to HCM
If its painless & doesn't increase in size then its nothing to worry about because it appears be normal anatomic structure.Still it can be:-
-palatine torus
-enlargement due to foreign body
If you experience any pain or trouble in that area then concern your dentist.

Take Care
Regards
Dr.Neha
Answered: Sat, 22 Dec 2012
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