Concerning “Bump” or normal gumline?


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Hi! I was feeling my tongue on my gum line the other day, and I noticed that one side had a significant bump spanning the premolar to second molar. The same bump isn’t on the other side. It looks and feels like normal gum line (bone hard) and doesn’t hurt or swell. I am having trouble finding a new dentist in the area, and wanted to know if this is something I need to get checked out ASAP! I’ll attach pics. The first pic is the “bumpy side”, second is normal side, third is bilateral view. It’s kind of hard to see, but if I feel the bumpy side with my tongue it extends down towards the floor of my mouth a little.
 

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Dr M

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Good day

This is called a lingual mandibular torus or bony exostosis. This is normal in certain people in the population. No treatment is usually needed. Just observe the area for any sudden enlargements.
 
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Thank you! Huge relief!! I didn’t know they could be located that far back and be only one one side. I will say I think Ive been grinding more (in the
process of getting a better mouth guard) and that is my high impact side, so I wonder if that’s why it’s only on one side
 

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