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sometimes painful lump at top gumline behind left front tooth
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sometimes painful lump at top gumline behind left front tooth

I have a lump at top gum line behind right front tooth. Seems to be getting bigger over last year. Most of the time painless unless I brush it hard or chew something there. I play with it all the time with my tongue. I have not brushed well the last few years there. Also what feels like crimped lumps on bottom of left side of mouth under tongue. Think it's where salivary gland is. I have no money and 3 kids and I haven't been able to see anyone because of the money issue. I'm afraid of cancer. I did have many dental x rays growing up. On the bottom I have 2 tori? that I was told was harmless years ago. Wondering if this could be that too? Any advice as I am very scared?
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Any time there's a lump or bump, its a good idea to get it checked out.  Tori are relatively harmless.  Its considered excess bone and nothing more.  Some dentists out there do feel that it may be caused by clenching or grinding, as the forces of those habits cause the body to make more bone to help stabilize the teeth.  

You may want to contact your local dental society to see if there are any support services available to you or if there is a dental school nearby, you can get more affordable dental treatment or at least an examination.
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