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Lump under the molar tooth. Is it a wisdom tooth or cancerous mass? 18 years old

Hi, I am 18, I have a significant size lump under my last molar on the right side of my mouth, it s pretty from the surface of the gum. It doesn t hurt, there is no discoloration (yet), it s hard, I don t have a sore throat , or hurt to swallow so far. I don t know if it s a wisdom tooth , if it is then it s coming in sideway s. I don t know if it s a cancerous mass or not. On a side a note, I am a football player, our season has been over for two months but we still play backyard football. I lost a little part to my filling to the molar that the lump is under after a tackle about three weeks ago. I am going to the dentist next week. pleaseee give me feed back, I AM EXTREMELY WORRIED!
Asked On : Sun, 20 Jan 2013
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Dentist 's  Response
There can be many reasons behind the swelling but what i feel from your description is that the swelling is MUCOCELE (though it requires a clinical examination).
Mucoceles are lumps formed as a result of saliva the escapes into the tissue from damaged salivary glands (minor). They are translucent and bluish grey in color. The main cause is trauma. Usually they burst down but if not then requires surgical removal under local anesthesia.
The bump in the gum can be hard or soft swelling. They are usually related to infection due to adjacent tooth. It is advised to see a dentist for clinial evaluation and correct diagnosis
Answered: Tue, 22 Jan 2013
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Dentist Dr. Farah Hussain's  Response
Hello and welcome to HCM,
As you said the lump is under your last molar on the gum margin and the molar has broken filling, it can be due to some periondontal infection due to trauma or gingival swelling.
visual examination is necessary to confirm it so i suggest you to visit a dentist and get the clinical examination done, gingival infection can be treated by deep scaling and root planing followed by a course of medication.
i can suspect eruption of wisdom tooth in your case as the tooth usually erupts in between 18 to 25 years of age but you need to get a x ray examination done for your jaw that will confirm the exact position of the tooth. i hope this helps you , take care.
Answered: Tue, 22 Jan 2013
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