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WHAT is going on with my gums??

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poorstudent1010 Tue 03-Dec-19 11:43:57

I have these hard bumps on my gums that look whitish. Not painful/sore and not smelly. Very hard/stiff - could pass for bone.

I have a dentist appt in 2 weeks and can’t get a sooner one.

I saw a tmj specialist and showed her in passing, she had no idea and said it was possibly firm soft tissue trauma? This was 3 weeks ago and it hasn’t gotten better, just worse.

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BlackInk Tue 03-Dec-19 13:36:02

That's just the roots of your teeth showing beneath the gumline isn't it? Slightly receding gums too?

SpunBodgeSquarepants Tue 03-Dec-19 13:51:12

Is that not normal? Mine are like this, just thought everyone's were!

BlueCornsihPixie Tue 03-Dec-19 13:56:05

They look like bone because they are bone

It's just the contour of the bone over the roots of your teeth. I can't see anything abnormal in that picture

poorstudent1010 Tue 03-Dec-19 14:05:52

It’s not normal for me, no. My gums, for my entire life, looked like my gums on my top arch - pink and with no bumps.

It only started to look like this recently. It started with one bump (photo) and spread elsewhere since.

Maybe the photo is misleading - these bumps are not smooth, there’s a definite large bulge in all the white areas. Like an abscess or boil. I can feel a change in the area just by running my tongue over my gums.

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poorstudent1010 Tue 03-Dec-19 14:07:14

When the tmj specialist checked my teeth, he said he would refer me if if it hasn’t cleared within a month. I don’t think it’s a normal issue.

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poorstudent1010 Tue 03-Dec-19 14:08:10

Can’t really take any more photos as I’m at work but it’s a large round bump

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BlueCornsihPixie Tue 03-Dec-19 14:21:17

How many do you think there are op?

And how hard? How quickly do you think they came up?

I can see that white bump over your canine, it looks quite normal to me but I appreciate if it wasn't there before then it's not just bony contour. Could still be just a little bony growth

Pieceofpurplesky Tue 03-Dec-19 14:21:54

I don't mean to laugh ... but it has amused me to think of you gurning in to
Your phone in the office.

Seriously though I hope the dentist van put your mind at rest -
Mine look just like that

poorstudent1010 Tue 03-Dec-19 14:39:13

@BlueCornsihPixie that canine bump was the first one, it went from normal (like the adjacent incisor gum) to that overnight! I had a tmj appointment the next day and mentioned it in passing to the specialist. All of my other gums at this point looked pink and flat, no white colouring or other bumps.

I wear a lower splint overnight which was a possible culprit so tmj specialist trimmed it down. It’s very hard, could pass for bone according to them.

In the following weeks the rest of those white bushes across my gums have appeared, which is why I’m concerned as overall it’s getting worse. My other canine gum has a larger bulge even though the white bump isn’t as apparent.

@Pieceofpurplesky haha! Thanks

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poorstudent1010 Tue 03-Dec-19 14:40:28

white bushes = white bulges

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Pieceofpurplesky Tue 03-Dec-19 14:50:37

Just to say it's the light not plaque here - but you can see the 'bulges' on mine here - I have three!

Pieceofpurplesky Tue 03-Dec-19 14:51:23

I know it's a crap photo but am in the car waiting to pick DS up and there is a man in the car next to me

BlueCornsihPixie Tue 03-Dec-19 14:53:52

Does the splint extend that low? If so I think it could be trauma related to that. It's unlikely to go, it just won't get worse. I really wouldn't worry about it.

It could also be thinning of your mucosa over that area which causes it to look white, caused by a traumatic toothbrushimg technique.

Take a series of photographs over the coming weeks to see if it changes. If it's still there in a month that means nothing really, only if it has got significantly bigger, changed colour or become symptomatic would I consider referring on.

I really think the rest looks totally normal. All I can see is the natural contour of your bone. I can't think of any condition that would cause white lumps to form across your lower gums in the exact position of the roots of your teeth

The only other option is a little gingival cyst, but that's normally fluctuant not firm and more bluish than white. Again that's nothing too much toworry about

poorstudent1010 Tue 03-Dec-19 19:13:11

@Pieceofpurplesky haha I appreciate the lengths you went to reassure me!

@BlueCornsihPixie thank you! Yes the splint did extend that low, I think it may have been the cause of the first bump, because it was extremely tight when at first, made the same area quite sore as it dug in.

The more I think about it, the canine bump might be unrelated to the rest. However the tmj specialist said the bump should clear in a few weeks, so the fact that it’s still here and other gum bumps have popped up has concerned me a bit. Hopefully it’s nothing.

These pic are a few weeks old. I’ll take another tonight to compare.

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BlueCornsihPixie Tue 03-Dec-19 23:31:57

If that's where you bite guard hits I can almost garuntee that is causing some keratosis there. Especially if it was sore there when it was first made, it will have been causing some trauma to the gum there

It's basically where the gum hardens up a bit as a result of persistent trauma. It may clear however often once formed it doesn't go, it just won't get worse.

Keep an eye on it, and visit your dentist for peace of mind but I wouldn't worry about it!

Jaymie1x Fri 26-Jun-20 15:55:02

Hiya @poorstudent1010

Did you ever see the dentist about these lumps? I am suffering from the same I have a dentist appointment Tuesday but I am so worried why they have appeared

Thankyou 🙂

poorstudent1010 Fri 26-Jun-20 18:53:12

@Jaymie1x Hiya! Forgot about this thread. My dentist wasn’t concerned but I have been referred onwards to discuss further (as there’s a combination of weird things going on)

Due to appointment cancellations I’m not any closer to finding out, but general consensus is that past mouth guards are the cause. Do you use one?

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Jaymie1x Fri 26-Jun-20 19:47:50

Hi ya! Oh I’m glad it wasn’t anything to be concerned about. I don’t use a mouth guard no so I’m wondering why this has happened to me! did she have any idea of what it could be?x

healththrowawayx Fri 26-Jun-20 22:12:02

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