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Is This Bump On My Gums A Boil?

May 30, 2022

Self-examination of the oral cavity is a good habit and is fruitful in helping the identification of diseases in the early stages. By practicing it, you may be able to see and rectify issues such as white dots on lips, bump on gums or white spots on tonsils, etc., as soon as they emerge.

In this blog, we are inclined towards causes of lump growth on the gums; let’s find out what they are and the treatments available.

What Causes Bump On The Gums?

There are many reasons for this issue to take rise; some of the common ones are mentioned below:

Cystic Boil on the gums

A cyst looks like a small fluid or air-filled sac. Cysts are pretty common and mostly found around the dead or buried teeth’ roots. If the cystic bump on the gums is not treated or allowed to grow, they pressurize the neighboring teeth causing pain and weakness in your jawbone.


There are different forms of an abscess that grow on various mouthparts. On the gum line, it is called a periodontal abscess.

Periodontal abscess’ bump on the gums happens after gingivitis is left untreated. Bacterial load accumulates beneath the tooth or gum surface resulting in pus collection. In such a condition, your oral cavity undergoes severe pain and discomfort; along with that, other signs seen are:

  • Constant pain that increases a few folds when you lie down
  • Presence of a soft lump on the gum
  • Throbbing pain radiating to the ear and neck
  • Sudden pain impulses

Canker Sores

It is mostly found on the base of the gum line. Canker sores are not like cold sores and are not related to viruses in any way. A canker sore is like a hard bump on the gums, are harmless yet a source of discomfort


Fibromas are tumor-like non-cancerous soft bumps on the gums and form on injured or irritated gum tissue. Their prevalence increases if you have irritation from dentures or oral devices.

Pyogenic Granuloma

If your solid, swollen, red bump on the gums bleeds easily, it is most probably a pyogenic granuloma. There is no fixed reason established for this happening yet while medical professionals are still out there to know its causes. As of now, it is thought to be a consequence of irritation and injury.

Mandibular Torus

It is a hard bony lump on the gum of the upper or lower jaw bone. They are very common, but doctors are still researching for the exact cause.

Oral Cancer

Cancer, be it in any part of your mouth, is oral cancer. When it hits your gums, it appears as a small lump or thickening of the skin.

Oral thrush

Oral thrush is a result of fungal overload, which is caused because of various reasons such as using extensive oral antibiotics, diabetes, or poor oral hygiene.

Other Symptoms

  • Pain in your jaw
  • Loose teeth
  • A bleeding sore
  • Continuous pain in the tongue
  • Sore throat
  • An oral sore that won’t heal
  • Swallowing or chewing difficulties
  • White or red patches on your gums

Treatment of Bumps on Gums

A boil can grow on any part of the body, including your gum. Mostly, the reason behind their growth is food debris buildup, bacteria, and consequent plaque.

If your issue is because of an infection, then antibiotics are the best choice for getting rid of it. Moreover, deep dental cleaning at least thrice each year shows greater adequate oral health.

Sometimes, tooth decay may also potentially aid in the growth of a gum boil. In such cases, dentists opt for a root canal or surgical tooth removal.

Final Words

Don’t leave your oral troubles to chance; always schedule a checkup for your symptoms to steer clear of grave troubles like oral cancer. Head to Village Park Family Dental for a checkup, directly visit or call at 281 376 4444 for an appointment.

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