Oral Surgery/gum mass


gum mass
gum mass  
Dear Dr. Teig,

I have this gum mass (diameter is around 1cm,has a clear border, hard) on my upper gum for several years now. It is getting bigger slowly. Now I can see blood vessel grow over it. I took a X-Ray 2 years ago. The dentist told me that it is nothing bad. The mass might be due to irritation, which he referred to two implant teeth that was done almost 20 years ago due to a car accident. Also at that time, the dentists got some tissue from my palate to fill the empty gum space.

My question is 1). Is it possible be a tumor? 2) can you recommend some good dentist for me to see around los angles area?

Thank you very much!



Mary - First of all, the area does not look like a tumor.  It is pink, though lighter, than the surrounding tissues.  I do not personally know a dentist in your area. My suggestion is for you to see Dr. Earl Freymiller.  He is the chairman of oral and maxillofacial surgery at the University of Californa in Los Angeles.  Call (310) 825-3685 and aask them to make and appointment with Dr. Freymiller.  This is the residency and they usually have you examined by a resident first, but ask to be examined by Dr. Freymiller.  

I wish you well and hope they help you.

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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.

American Dental Association, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

BA- University of Connecticut DMD-University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine Oral and Maxillofacial Surgical Residency - Roosevelt Hospital, NYC

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