What is the white lump behind my front teeth?

Q. Why am I having a white lump behind my front teeth?

Answered by
Dr. Naveen Thomas
and medically reviewed by Dr. Divya Banu M
This is a premium question & answer published on Oct 04, 2019

Hello doctor,

For the past few weeks I have had a development of some kind of white lump just behind my two front teeth. It moves a little if you touch it, and it is painful if you press down on it. Otherwise, it does not hurt. It is noticeable when you take pictures of the inside of my mouth, at the appropriate angles. It seemed to catch more of my attention now than before, however. I cannot seem to figure out what it can be because it has been here for a while now- several weeks. What could it be? I have never had this before, and I believe I maintain adequate oral hygiene.



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It could be an abscess which needs antibiotics for a week. Show to a dentist soon, else it may get painful. Send those pictures to help me confirm.

Thank you doctor,

I have attached the pictures. You can see some kind of white swelling just behind my teeth.



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It does not appear exactly to be an abscess still it could be. Sometimes, food debris which may be stuck between teeth for two weeks or so can cause infection which may be abscess. Is it hard or soft tissue? Does it seem to be fluid filled or solid? Does it seem mobile or fixed? Can it be a milk tooth remnant? If it is hard.

Thank you doctor,

It seems to be rather fleshy so I would say soft tissue? When you touch it, it submits to pressure to a certain degree, but it starts hurting. It is somewhat mobile.



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It might be gingival polyp which occurs, as I said, due to food debris impaction. It mostly could be easily removed by a dentist and if required medicines will be prescribed. If it is fluid filled, he may do an X-ray to find out more about its extent. It is better to get an early appointment, to prevent it from getting larger. Do you take any medications or have any other hormonal imbalances, etc?

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