thank you so much for your reply. I will definitely discuss it with my doctor. I just pressed the lump with my finger (I've never done that before)...and I notice that I can flatten it by pressing on it. i hope that is a good sign! thanks again.
quick follow-up....i checked with the doctor and she thinks its a non-issue with the salivary gland.
i will definitely keep an eye on it. thanks! i have an appointment with the dentist on the 30th for a crown...and i will be sure to ask his opinion as well.