bony projection on gum 3 years after wisdom tooth extraction
I just found that I have a hard bony projection on the tongue side of my lower left gum tissue where I had my wisdom tooth extracted 3 years ago. I do not have any pain and the area is not open or infected. The tongue is being damaged by the projection in area though. I have an appointment next week with the dentist to find out what it is but I am a bit scared or nervous as to what it is and what they will do to remove it. It was a difficult extraction so it is possible that part of the root broke off and travelled over that way. But it seems like a long time since the surgery. Is this possible? What am I to expect as to how they can get this out?
A dental examination is very important for determining the exact cause of your symptoms. A slow-growing projection of bone forming in the middle of the roof of the mouth or on the lower jaw by the side of the tongue can possibly be a torus. It is a common condition which is harmless. It can also be a cyst which are hollow, fluid-filled swellings causing jaw pain and swelling. Odontomas are overgrowths of tooth-forming cells that look like small, misshapen extra teeth. Treatment will depend on the cause. I hope it helps.
Best luck and regards!
I went to my oral surgeon and he said it was when the wisdom tooth was removed the bone is supposed to close in and it did but at some point the bone stopped closing in and the protrusion is due to this. He said it would start up again on its own and that I didn't need surgery as long as it stayed underneath the skin. If it does break the skin it still doesn't have to require surgery as it still will go back in by itself but it takes a long time. If it gets infected then of course it would have to be taken care of right away. He said the tongue looked normal.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.