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Hi dr Joel,
Is this big red bump my circumvallate papillae? Could it be a fibroma? It doesn't hurt but it's always there and doesn't look like the other side. What do u think it is? Also why is the skin a different color in front of it almost like hairless?

It does look like a circumvallate Padilla.  They are usually not equal from side to side. Because it sticks above the level of the tonguesurface, the natural rubbing of swallowing cleans the surface making it nude. Both sides are not equal because the swallowing forces are not Maharaja.

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Joel S. Teig, DMD, Diplomate ABOMS, retired


I am a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon available to answer questions related to tooth extractions, implant insertion, facial recontruction, facial and oral tumor removal, TMJ dysfunction and various successful treatments, including surgery if all else fails, and occlusal discrepancy requiring orthognathic or jaw surgery.


Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon practicing for over 20 years. Assistant Clincal Professor at State University School of Dentistry.

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