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Dental and Oral Health (Adults)

Small lump on roof of mouth

02/16/2009

Question:

About two weeks ago I felt with my tongue a very tiny lump on the left side of the roof of my mouth, almost but not quite as far back as the tongue can reach. Thinking it was just a piece of food or loose skin I scraped it off with my fingernail. About a week and half later (4 days ago as I write this) I felt it had returned. I made an appointment to see the dentist the next day, but when I woke up the next morning it was gone. I still went to the dentist but he said he could see nothing and the skin around the area I indicated looked fine. He said if it came back I should see an oral surgeon.Today,I feel it again.There is no pain or discomfort It is really small. Do you have any idea what this might be. Also, should I go the oral surgeon, or should my first visit be to my general internist?

Answer:

It is not possible to make a diagnosis based on a description. If you are concerned, then it would be best that this be evaluated further by an oral surgeon or ear, nose, and throat specialist.

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Response by:

Amit  Agrawal, MD Amit Agrawal, MD
Associate Professor of Otolaryngology
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University