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Hello,
 I am writing regarding a growth that has recently appeared on my 9 month old's gum. He has recently cut both his upper and lower front teeth all within the last three weeks. As the upper right tooth was beginning to break through the gum, we noticed an abnormal thickness to the tooth. As time went on it developed into a soft fleshy growth on the gum directly on top of the tooth. The growth does not seem to be affecting him in any way, or causing pain, but we do wonder if it with resolve itself or will need intervention. It does seem to bleed easily when it is brushed.
We have not seen a dentist as of yet, but have seen a dental hygienist at a public health centre who had no idea what it could possibly be. Thank you in advance for any advice you can give.

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This is probably an irritation granuloma which is a harmless growth that sometimes accompanies the eruption of a baby tooth.  It is not serious but usually bleeds easily and will usually not resolve by itself.  I would recommend that you make an appointment with a pediatric dentist for an examination and potential intervention which may involve removal of the growth.  

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Dr. Randolph Myerson

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Please limit your inquiry to questions about orthodontics (braces) and children's dentistry. I am both an Orthodontist and a Pediatric Dentist, having been trained in both of these dental specialty fields. Orthodontics is the dental specialty that treats problems of tooth, bite and jaw alignment using braces and removable appliances. Pediatric Dentistry is the dental specialty also known as dentistry for children, which deals specifically with the dental problems of this special age group from infants to adolescents. I am also experienced in Forensic Dentistry, the application of dentistry to law enforcement and identification using dental records.

Experience

I have been in the private practice of orthodontics and pediatric dentistry for over 20 years. Prior to that I served for three years on the Cleft Palate and Cranio-facial Reconstruction team at Children''s Hospital of Philadelphia and was an Assistant Professor of Dentistry at University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. I also served as a dentist in the U.S.Air Force, stationed at Andrews AFB in Washington, DC.

Organizations
I am a Fellow in the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and a member of the American Association of Orthodontics, as well as a member of the American Dental Association and the Dental Society of the State of New York.

Education/Credentials
I received my BA in Biology from Frankin & Marshall College in 1969, and my dental degree from University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in 1973. In 1978 I received both my Certificate in Orthodontics from University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, and my Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry from Children''s Hospital of Philadelphia after completing a three year Teaching Fellowship in Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry in 1978.

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