hard white "bump" in mouth

Discussion in 'Dental Archive' started by tc, Jan 4, 2004.

  1. tc

    tc Guest

    I have a hard white lump on the soft tissue on the side of my bottom
    gums, the lingal part that is near the tongue, not the gums near my
    cheek. Could this be bone? It's hard like bone. I'm going to get
    this checked out but have to wait for an appointment and would
    appreciate your thoughts in the interim. Please tell me what you
    think and whether this could be serious.... Thanks -
    tc, Jan 4, 2004
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    WB Guest

    On 3 Jan 2004 22:19:52 -0800, (tc) wrote:

    A good attempt at description, however, diffucult to decipher.

    Let's start simply, upper/lower; right/left

    Lingual, Lengua, Gingivae, Buccal mucosa...
    WB, Jan 4, 2004
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  3. On 3 Jan 2004 22:19:52 -0800, (tc) wrote:
    DISCLAIMER: We have not seen this patient and therefore the
    information that follows may not be accurate. Caveat Emptor.


    It is and its normal. It is called torus mandibularis.

    Is there one on the other side? They are most often bilateral.

    Joel M. Eichen DDS

    99.9% chance that it is completely normal. See above.

    Joel M. Eichen, .
    Philadelphia PA



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    Joel M. Eichen D.D.S., Jan 4, 2004
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    tc Guest


    Sorry - --- let me try to do better: lower (mandibular) right second
    premolar. The bump is on the gums and it's lingual. If it's the
    Universal Identification system, it would be directly behind 29.

    Thank you very much for responding to me. I look forward to your
    thoughts. I don't have a matching bump on the other side and don't
    believe that this is something that I've always had. It's white and
    hard. It doesn't hurt. I'm quite bothered by this. - Tina
    tc, Jan 4, 2004
  5. tc

    tc Guest

    Oh, I feel much better! Thank you!!! I only have it on one side. I
    looked up torus mandibularis on the internet and certainly it seems to
    be that. I'm going to keep the dental apptmt regardless, because I
    am due to go anyway --- however, it's nice to not feel like I have
    something serious. Thanks again -

    tc, Jan 4, 2004
  6. tc wrote:
    I agree with Joel, it's almost certainly a torus.
    Long ago I saw a patient who thought she had a tumor, and with
    increasing frustration pointed at a lesion I couldn't see--because it
    didn't register with me as anything abnormal, so I kept looking past the
    torus for a tumor which I obviously couldn't see. When I finally
    realized she was pointing at her torus, I almost couldn't believe she
    had previously been unaware of it. But these things grow--slowly, but
    they do grow. And patients frequently are unaware of how things are
    supposed to look.
    It's not a bad idea for dentists to demonstrate normal features to our
    patients, so they are more likely to see problems when they really occur.

    Steven Bornfeld, Jan 4, 2004
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    WB Guest

    On 4 Jan 2004 09:04:40 -0800, (tc) wrote:

    Hi Tina,

    Am thinking that Dr. Joel may be correct. Sounds like Torus Mandibularis.
    They are quite common and considered a 'variation' of normal.
    They are not always bilateral (both sides).

    If you have any way to post a picture; am sure the docs here would gladly render an opinion.

    WB, Jan 5, 2004
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