If you’ve noticed a lump or bump on your gums, you need to take notice of your symptoms. Lumps on the gums may be indicative of many problems, some more serious than others. These are some of the most common causes.
An oral cyst is a small bubble that fills with liquid or air. They can form on the gums around the teeth, most often around the roots of diseased teeth. They grow slowly, so this lump is something you’ll notice gradually with time.
An oral fibroma is one of the most common causes of lumps on the gums. These bumps are noncancerous and form on injured or irritated gum tissue. They are especially common if you wear dentures or other oral devices.
A bacterial infection can also cause a bump in your gums. Known as an abscess, this bump is actually a small sac of pus. They are typically very painful, and the pain may worsen when you lie down. You’ll need treatment in our office as soon as possible if you think you have an abscess.
This bump is a bony growth in the jaw, and while they are fairly common, they aren’t well understood. They can appear on their own or in a group, and they may be on both sides of the jaw or only show up in one area.
One of the most serious causes of a lump on the gums is oral cancer. It may present as a small bump or growth, but it can also appear like a sore that simply won’t heal. Bleeding sores, white or red patches on the gums, and oral pain or other signs of oral cancer.
If you are concerned about a lump or bump in your mouth, please give us a call. We will examine your mouth and will diagnose the source of the problem.