I hope someone can help me, as I'm quite worried about a small, hard, painless swelling on my gum.
It's above one of my front two teeth, right up high under the upper lip, practically under my nose. You can't see anything much in the mouth, but when I run my finger along the area I can feel the bump.
It doesn't hurt on its own, but it does press on the root of the front tooth. When I touch it (and when I blow my nose - it's that far up) I can feel this pressure and it is slightly uncomfortable.
I went to the dentist last week, as I thought it might be abscess - although I thought abcesses hurt, so I am sceptical that it's that.
She felt the bump and agreed something was there. She took an x-ray and said that the tooth is perfect, but that it might still be an abscess on a dead nerve at bottom of the root of that tooth. She said that if it doesn't go away she'll do root canal stuff and 'drain' it that way.
That was over a week ago and the symptoms haven't changed for better or worse. However, I just don't think this is an abscess and I certainly don't want her to do root canal, kill the tooth, and then say - oh, it's not that after all.
I've found another reference on these boards to Gingival fibrous nodules, but my bump is much further up the gum than those in the picture, and nothing much is visible in the mouth.
I'd really appreciate any advice anyone can give me on this!
Many thanks for your time.