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Old 12-04-2010, 04:35
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For some reason, on the inside of my gum (the side where the tongue touches) there is a strange small white hard thing. Very small, and if I touch it with my finger nail then it feels kinda tooth material like. But it has only just appeared, so I am not quite sure how it can be a tooth growing there.

It is half way up my gum, so not where a tooth normally would be. If I rub it constantly with my tongue, which I shouldn't but it is hard to ignore now I know it is there, then it does become a bit sore.

I am not all that bothered, but more curious if anyone else has had this ? I did have a tooth recently taken out that was quite close to that area, but I am 31 so not likely to have new teeth appearing. I have had lots of other dental work lately too, including a tooth that wouldn't come out on the other side of my mouth. I have to go to hospital in June to get the root taken out.

I saw the Dentist about 3 weeks ago and I don't think it was there then. I am sure she would of noticed it if it was, and me. Could it maybe be the dental work that caused it ? I was in there for 90 mins with a tooth that was very hard to pull out so involved lots of tools and tugging.

Thanks for any info.
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Old 12-04-2010, 05:30
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In another topic about wisdom teeth extractions a week ago, some people mentioned spare bits of broken tooth coming out of their gums a while after the procedure.

Sounds like you are another statistic in the 'not everything grabbed at once' brigade
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Old 12-04-2010, 07:46
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Bone fragments work their way out after extraction too.
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Old 12-04-2010, 08:18
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Sounds like they left some in there. I'd go back.
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Old 12-04-2010, 09:24
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yeah i'd go back. Sounds like a bit of root or tooth trying to work its way out or an infection inside your gum althought that would be painful.
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Old 12-04-2010, 11:16
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What they said...

After an extraction I had ten different fragments of tooth work their way out of the gum over a few weeks. It was hideous, and at times, very painful. One piece was about half a cm square and had a razorlike piece sticking out of the end of it. Awful.
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Old 12-04-2010, 11:24
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I have something like that and during another follow up visit to the dentist I asked him to take a look. Turns out that it's just the bone that's grown oddly. It's nothing to worry about and apparently I have had it for years - I just hadn't noticed it until a visit to the dentist when I became a bit more sensitive and aware of my gums and teeth. It's a bit annoying though because now that I am aware of it, I tend to often run my tongue over it.

It could just be your jawbone protruding a bit into the gum. But I'd get the dentist to have a look in any case, just for peace of mind.
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