A lump or bump on gums might be a surprising discovery while you’re conducting daily oral hygiene. However, bumps on gum tissue are not always cause for concern. At Well Rooted Dentistry, our holistic dentists are here to explain what lumps or bumps on the gums might mean (and how biological dentistry can help!).
Have you experienced holistic dental care yet? If not, then you need to schedule your first appointment now. Our team of committed dental professionals is here to help you achieve optimal oral and systemic health. Call our Providence, RI, dental office at 401-443-4007 or contact us online here.
Now, let’s explore seven things that might explain a mystery bump on gums.
You may have heard of dermal cysts, but did you know that they can occur in our mouths, too? It’s true! A cyst can form around tooth roots or buried teeth below the gumline.
Typically, cysts grow extremely slowly and are no cause for concern unless they get infected. If a cyst gets infected or it’s large enough to put pressure on your teeth, then our dentists may suggest removal. Removing the cyst may also require further inspection of your existing tooth roots to ensure their health.
2. Canker Sore
Unlike cold sores, a canker sore is not the result of a viral infection. Instead, canker sores are small, painful mouth ulcers that result from stress, injury, or certain foods.
Generally, canker sores will heal on their own in seven to fourteen days. However, patients can use over-the-counter pain relievers to minimize pain. Additionally, an antibacterial mouthwash keeps the canker sore free from harmful pathogens and promotes faster healing.
A fibroma is a non-cancerous mass that usually does not require medical attention. These bumps can form after an injury or repeated irritation to the gum tissue, such as from ill-fitting dentures. While fibromas are painless, you can elect to have these harmless bumps removed.
4. Pyogenic Granuloma
Medical professionals call a distended, blood-filled lump that bleeds easily a pyogenic granuloma. Doctors aren’t completely sure what causes them, but many believe these bumps may result from trauma or irritation. If desired, a dental professional can surgically remove it.
5. Mandibular Torus
A mandibular torus is a protruding, bony growth that slowly develops over time. Similar to pyogenic granuloma, medical professionals are unsure what causes these hard bumps to form. Mandibular tori are fairly common and usually no cause for concern.
A dental abscess is a bacterial infection that presents as a painful, swollen bump on the gums. Because a dental abscess will not go away on its own, it’s vital for patients to call our dental team immediately.
Otherwise, the abscess may worsen and spread to the blood. And, according to the Sepsis Alliance, when a dental infection spreads to the blood, deadly sepsis can result.
7. Oral Cancer
In some cases, oral cancer may present as a small bump under the gums. If you suspect that a lump on your gums might be oral cancer, then call our team immediately.
Our highly-skilled, holistic dentists can take a gum biopsy to verify or deny the presence of oral cancer. After we get your results, we can then help you take proper action to remediate the cause of the bump.
Bump on gums? Schedule an appointment today!
If you notice a bump on your gums, then we recommend contacting our Providence, RI, biological dental clinic as soon as possible. While it may not be cause for alarm, knowing the reason for lumps and bumps on gums will keep you and your mouth healthy.