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QUESTION: my palate have been burnt a lot of times from hot food especially hot rice , now it is swollen hard with no pain, my dentist said it will go away on its own, but it has been one year now and it is still swollen, hard with no pain and no redness. I would have gone to my dentist again, but I donít have a dental insurance. It is normal for it to remain swollen after such a long time.

ANSWER: Dear Blessing,
sorry but there is just not enough information here for me to give you a proper answer.
It would be necessary for me to know, exactly where on the palate the problem was, how big the swelling is , what the color is, if it is hard or soft around the edges , et. cetera.
There are rare occasions when lesions on the palate are very serious.
I am sorry but I can suggest nothing other than you should see a dentist.
all the best,
Dr. Moss


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QUESTION: Thank you Dr. Moss for your response  
Attached is a picture I took this morning that will let you know how big it really is. When I first notice it, I always rob my tongue on it, now I hardly remember it is there, except when I look at the mirror or brush my teeth. I have never felt any pain on it and there has never been a different color on the swollen palate other than it is just swollen and and hard.

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Dear Blessing,
the picture looks to me like a palatal bony torus.
This is a naturally forming bone structure that may have grown a little during the past few years so that when you had some hot food you burnt the tissue that covers it and noticed it for the first time.
If my guess based on your excellent photo is correct ,the torus is harmless and you should ignore it and go on with your every day activities.  Your description of how it feels in the mouth also makes me think you are dealing with a normal bony mass (a torus )
Many people have them and they do are not dangerous. Generally once formed these structures do not continue to grow bigger.
Remember though there are other things that can cause a hard mass on your palate and those kind of growths need immediate attention.
So in summary my guess is that there is nothing to do or worry about from what I see or here.
But if you want to be absolutely sure, something that I am not, then you should have someone take a radiograph to be sure of what is causing the swelling in your mouth on your hard palate.
Hope this helps a bit,
Dr. Moss

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I am a professor emeritus at New York University, with a background that includes extensive research, scientific writing and biology. I also am an international consultant in health education, particularly in developing education on new science for health professionals and consumers. I am a past president of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, former head of the NYU Division of Oral Biology and I represent the World Dental Federation at the United Nations. I travel around the world to provide health education to professionals and consumers.

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Having retired from New York Universit, where I directed the pediatric dentistry training program, a walk-in dental clinic and research on oral biology, I formalized my professional and consumer health education initiative in the form of Health Education Enterprises. This entity consults and provides information on new science pertaining to oral and general health, particularly leading edge concepts that can be employed in the health professions to improve the public's health. As such, I am an expert in communicating new science and its usefulness to professional and lay audiences alike. I also had a pediatric dentistry practice in New York City for nearly 30 years.

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I am affiliated with the American Dental Association, the World Dental Federation, the International Association of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Association of Pediatric Dentistry among other formal organizations. My experience has included a research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health and work at the Forsythe Dental Research Center

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lpha Omegan USA, Nowa Stomatologia Poland, Journal of Public Health Dentistry, The Journal of the Southeastern Society of Pediatric Dentistry USA, News Bulletin Japan, Journal of Marmara University Dental Faculty Turkey, Italian Journal of Paediatric Dentistry Italy, Asian Dentist Singapore, The Journal of the Israel Dental Association Israel, ROBRAC Brazil, Italian Journal of Paediatric Dentistry
Italy, FDI World, STOMA Portugal, Pediatric Dentistry The Philippines, Modern Stomatology Bulgaria, Journal of the Indian Society of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry India

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I obtained a doctor of dental science (DDS) degree, a master of science degree and am a board certified pediatric dentist.

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